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The United Way ALICE Project is working to stimulate a fresh, nonpartisan dialogue across the country about the importance and fragility of this growing population of working families living paycheck to paycheck. The Project – including half-a-dozen state reports and the movement to improve life for ALICE – are capturing the attention of a wide number of media outlets from newspapers and online sites to television and radio. For reporters interested in learning more about the Project, email Laura Bruno or call 973.993.1160, x126.

Click on the links below for highlights of media coverage of the Project across the U.S.:

National Media
Connecticut
Florida
Idaho
Indiana
Iowa
Louisiana
Maryland
Michigan
New Jersey
New York
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Wisconsin

National Media
The HillThe Hill
January 20, 2017

Opinion: Equality means dignity: Report highlights how working Americans struggle

The United Way’s recently released ALICE report raises the question of whether Dr. King’s Dreams for America are achievable in today’s society. The United Way ALICE Report provides a comprehensive look at working families who are struggling financially in 13 states, and found that at least 31 percent of households in each state could not afford basic needs such as housing, child care, food, health care, and transportation in 2014.
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CBS MoneyWatchCBS MoneyWatch
March 31, 2016

Getting closer to the roots of economic insecurity
National economic numbers mask the facts on the ground. The United Way ALICE Report tracks the growing number of Americans in several states who live above the poverty line, are working but still struggle to cover the basics.
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St. Louis Post-DispatchSt. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 27, 2015

Editorial: ALICE shows working poor aren’t making it in America
The United Way project is valuable, if for no other reason that it proves that not everyone who’s willing to sacrifice and work hard is making it in America. If you don’t believe it, go ask ALICE.
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Al Jazeera AmericaAl Jazeera America
January 13, 2015

Column: Elites fight back against mismeasure of poverty
We should encourage our local business leaders and prosperous families everywhere to get to know ALICE not just because it’s morally right but also because all Americans will benefit when we rid ourselves of poverty, especially poverty among children.
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Connecticut
WNPRWNPR
October 12, 2016

Number of Working Poor Families in Connecticut Rises
The proportion of people in Connecticut who are working, and yet still struggling to make ends meet has risen in the last two years. That's according to a new study from United Way.
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Hartford CourantHartford Courant
October 9, 2016

Report: Quarter Of State Residents Without Federal Assistance Still Struggling To Get By
Anjanee and Carl Wright Jr. have had good income for many years – she's a public school teacher, and he's a direct care worker in a state group home – but except for right after they got their tax returns, they never had money in the bank. "Everything was paycheck to paycheck," said Anjanee.
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The DayThe Day
October 9, 2016

Report: Many families living one emergency away from poverty

Close your eyes for a moment and imagine yourself in someone else’s shoes: You’re a mom or a dad of two children, and you’ve just unexpectedly been laid off.
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The HourThe Hour
October 8, 2016

Editorial: Plight of the working poor
United Way is helping us to recognize invisible neighbors in need. It’s up to the rest of us to do more than simply pay witness to this economic crisis. We must not look away.
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New Haven RegisterNew Haven Register
February 18, 2015

Opinion: The news is not good for Connecticut’s working class in Washington
ALICE and other financially stressed members of our community have nowhere to turn to but to us – neighbors who care enough to open up our hearts and our pockets and make a generous donation to give our struggling neighbors a lifeline.
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Hartford CourantHartford Courant
January 23, 2015

Letter: Kudos To Aetna For A Living Wage
Susan B. Dunn, president and CEO of the United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, praises Aetna for getting its employees on the road to a living wage.
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Hartford CourantHartford Courant
December 31, 2014

The 25 most popular stories on Courant.com in 2014
Coverage of the United Way ALICE Report was the 10th most read story in 2014.
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CT News JunkieCT News Junkie
November 17, 2014

United Way Says 35 Percent of Connecticut’s Households Are Struggling
"It feels like I can never get ahead of the game," said Rosemarie Mastroianni-Lopez, a woman whose household falls into the ALICE category. "I think I can put a little extra away and then there are car problems or a doctor’s bill."
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Republican AmericanRepublican American
November 17, 2014

Program helps those above limits for help
"People will call into 211 and say, 'I live in Middlebury, I need food for my children, can you give me a referral to a food pantry two towns away'...There’s a certain stigma. One of the goals of the ALICE report is (a) give dignity to this population, (b) give them a voice, and (c) let them know it’s not just them, it’s thousands of their neighbors that have this gap."
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Hartford CourantHartford Courant
November 16, 2014

Report: 25 percent of Connecticut households above Federal Poverty Level but struggle to meet basic needs
The state's 16 United Way groups are drawing attention to the ALICE population in hopes that donors will recognize how many people are working so hard to get by, and, with some strategic help, can move from just surviving to financial stability.
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The Middletown PressThe Middletown Press
November 16, 2014

United Way's ALICE report: Just getting by in Connecticut
"Trish Kallman of Milford helps out at the United Way of Milford’s kids' closet whenever she can. "When you’re there, you’re amazed," said Kallman, who "never realized how many people are in need until I walked into there."
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Connecticut PostConnecticut Post
November 16, 2014

Editorial: Life on the edge: one crisis away
The United Ways have done a public service by documenting the number of households living on the narrow edge. One crisis away, their troubles are our own.
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Florida
Bradenton HeraldBradenton Herald
March 2, 2017

Editorial: Too many live on financial cliff
Financial independence ranks as a fantasy for an alarming number of households across Florida. United Ways across Florida are expending their resources on boosting the job skills of ALICEs and the working poor by aligning with workforce development programs, helping with GED high school programs and resumé writing, among other efforts.
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Pensacola News JournalPensacola News Journal
February 27, 2017

Report: Many local families don't make livable wage

If you are holding down a job and still struggling to make ends meet, know that you aren't alone.
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The St. Augustine RecordThe St. Augustine Record
February 26, 2017

United Way ALICE Report: Many St. Johns County residents still struggling; cost of housing is main obstacle
St. Johns County has the state’s highest-earning households and still has a sizable population who can’t, or barely can, meet financial obligations.
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Miami HeraldMiami Herald
February 23, 2017

Amid economic recovery, numbers of working poor are growing, United Way report shows
About six out of 10 Miami-Dade County residents are struggling to pay for the basic necessities of food, housing, transportation, healthcare and childcare, according to a United Way study released this week. That’s up from 50 percent three years ago, despite improvement in the overall economy.
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Tallahassee DemocratTallahassee Democrat
February 22, 2017

ALICE report shows more struggling families

Nearly every other person in Leon County is struggling to meet basic needs, from paying rent and childcare to buying clothes, United Way officials said Wednesday.
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Bradenton HeraldBradenton Herald
February 22, 2017

Basic cost of living not attained by 43 percent of Manatee households
For many Manatee County families, an unexpected doctor’s bill or plumbing repair may mean they’ll have a hard time buying food.
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Tampa Bay TimesTampa Bay Times
February 22, 2017

United Way: 44 percent of Florida households, mostly working poor, struggle to meet basic needs
For all the talk of an economic rebound in Florida, there's a big problem that too often stays out of the state's spotlight.
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South Florida Business JournalSouth Florida Business Journal
May 8, 2015

Opinion: The answer to poverty is education
Tony Argiz, chairman of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, calls on companies to create more high-paying jobs and to give more South Floridians the tools and education they need to land them.
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Tampa Bay TimesTampa Bay Times
January 23, 2015

Poverty forum discusses solutions for struggling families around Tampa Bay
Some 75 Tampa community members and organization leaders held a forum to talk about solutions to help ALICE and low-income individuals.
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Orlando SentinelOrlando Sentinel
January 9, 2015

Nearly half of Central Florida households on the edge
Alvin Joyner, a single father of two boys, works 45 hours a week as a restaurant assistant manager, but every month brings a new struggle to cover the rent.
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WSVNWSVN
November 12, 2014

Study: Florida Residents Struggling for Basic Needs
For some, living in South Florida is paradise. However, looking beyond the beach will reveal how many people truly live. "I know a lot of people they're just paycheck to paycheck, barely make it," said resident Al Passinault.
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Miami HeraldMiami Herald
November 11, 2014

United Way study finds working families struggling to get by
Almost half the residents of Florida, including much of the state’s glitzy southern half, are barely getting by, living below the federal poverty level or struggling to pay for food, housing, childcare and other basic needs, according to a United Way study released Tuesday.
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Sun-SentinelSun-Sentinel
November 11, 2014

Study: More than 4 in 10 Palm, Broward households struggle to make ends meet
Stagnant wages and a high cost of living are preventing more than four of 10 households in Palm Beach and Broward counties from saving and even affording basic necessities, and households that struggle the most can be found in the region's oldest, centrally located neighborhoods, according to a report released Wednesday by the United Way.
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Tampa Bay TimesTampa Bay Times
November 11, 2014

United Way: 45 percent of Florida households can't afford cost of living
The 15 percent of Floridians stuck in poverty is bad enough. But the real shocker is the alarming number of Floridians who hold jobs but still cannot meet the basic needs of their households.
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Idaho
Idaho StatesmanIdaho Statesman
February 21, 2016

Working poor: 1 in 3 Idaho households struggles to pay for the basics
The Croft family from Boise faced a crisis over medical bills, even though both Serena Croft and her husband, Jerod, had full-time jobs and medical insurance. A long hospital stay for Serena meant copays of $150 a day over the course of several weeks. They paid their utility bills with credit cards to keep the lights on, and ate thanks to a local food bank.
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Idaho Press-TribuneIdaho Press-Tribune
January 17, 2016

On the brink
There’s one phrase that Nora Carpenter hears over and over again from the people she reaches through the United Way of Treasure Valley – “I earn too much, but not enough.”
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Indiana
Washington Times HeraldWashington Times Herald
February 26, 2016

Are you an 'ALICE'?
Five words. Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. I can almost guarantee we all know someone who fits the description. It may be a friend, a neighbor, a relative or even you.
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Herald BulletinHerald Bulletin
May 12, 2015

In the group that falls between the cracks
This is how fast it can happen. One day Nancy Smith was making $17 an hour as a warehouse manager; the next day she was laid off.
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Herald BulletinHerald Bulletin
May 12, 2015

A helping hand up
A local company, in league with the local unemployment office funds a training course that gains the company drivers and boost residents’ salaries.
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Herald BulletinHerald Bulletin
May 11, 2015

Gambling on education
The rising expense of getting an associate or bachelor's degree, combined with other bills, has sent some Madison County residents down a different path – toward poverty.
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Herald BulletinHerald Bulletin
May 10, 2015

Editorial: Concerted effort needed to tackle financial instability in Madison County
The symptoms of financial instability spread far beyond those directly affected by it. The entire community pays the price.
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WTHITV 10WTHITV 10
February 11, 2015

1 Million Hoosier Households Cannot Afford the Basics
The study by the Indiana Association of United Way focuses on the financial hardships Hoosiers face, shining a spotlight on the working poor across Indiana.
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Kokomo TribuneKokomo Tribune
January 11, 2015

43% of Howard County families struggle to afford cost of living
Just because a family is above the poverty threshold doesn’t mean they’re financially secure.
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NWI.comNWI.com
November 10, 2014

Study: 37 percent of Hoosier families struggle to meet basic needs
Nearly 4 in 10 Hoosiers, including some 70,000 Lake County households and 17,000 in Porter County, are struggling to afford their basic needs due in large part to inadequate job earnings, according to a United Way report released today.
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Indiana Public MediaIndiana Public Media
November 10, 2014

Report: More Than A Third Of Hoosiers Below Poverty Level
ALICE, Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, is a measure developed by the United Way to measure basic cost of living, what it calls a Household Survival Budget.
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WISHTV.comWISHTV.com
November 10, 2014

Report: Money woes mount for some Indiana workers
The Indiana Association of United Ways highlighted the troubles facing Indiana’s lower-income workers in a report released Monday, a few weeks before state lawmakers take up debate on a budget that impacts those same workers.
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IOWA
The Des Moines RegisterThe Des Moines Register
June 29, 2016

Study: A third of Iowans don't earn enough to pay for basic living
To survive in Iowa, it takes an income of about twice the federal poverty rate.
That figure was among the findings of a new United Way report that explored why nearly one in three Iowans struggles to afford basic living expenses.
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Iowa Public RadioIowa Public Radio
June 29, 2016

United Way Report Says Federal Poverty Level Is Too Low
A new study by the United Way says 31-percent of Iowa households are struggling to afford their basic needs.
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Muscatine JournalMuscatine Journal
June 29, 2016

ALICE study shows more than 30 percent of Muscatine residents face financial issues
Between daycare, housing costs, college debt, and the need to feed their children, even families that are not below the Federal Poverty Level often need to postpone paying bills, stay home to avoid daycare costs, and hope that surprise complications do not dent their budgets beyond repair.
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KCRGKCRG
June 29, 2016

Report says nearly 1/3 of Iowans can't afford basics
Kelly Osborn is an example of ALICE in Iowa that few people see. On Wednesday, she and her fiancé came to the Mission of Hope for a free lunch. It's something they do on a regular basis to stretch dollars.

"One sickness, one trip to the hospital we can't pay for–we're done, we're toast. We'd be living on the street and homeless," she said.
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Fox44KMEG 14/Fox44
June 29, 2016

A new United Way study shows many low-income families struggling with childcare
A new report from the United Way says more than a third of families in Woodbury County are struggling to make ends meet.

The study says the biggest expense for these families is childcare and just one emergency can knock them into poverty.
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Sioux City JournalSioux City Journal
June 29, 2016

Study: 42 percent of Woodbury County families struggle with basic expenses
“If we know what families are facing, we’re more likely to develop solutions than if we don’t know what they’re facing,” said Heather Hennings, United Way of Siouxland president.
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Louisiana
NOLA.comNOLA.com – The Times-Picayune Greater New Orleans
January 31, 2016

Editorial: Across Louisiana, hard-working families can't afford life's basics
Now we know how bad things are. An in-depth, parish-by-parish study on financial hardship released last week by the Louisiana Association of United Ways fills in the information gap. The data is staggering.
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Shreveport TimesShreveport Times
January 31, 2016

Struggling to survive
Jeanay Hall wakes up, gets her kids ready for school and then walks the four blocks to Burger King on Line Avenue, where she works an average of 25 to 30 hours a week – as many as management will give her, she said.
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The News Star The News Star (USAToday Network)
January 27, 2016

Thousands in NELA barely make ends meet
"Some people might say I make enough to hire a babysitter, but babysitters often make more than I do. I make a little less than $8 an hour and I watch every dollar I spend and when I spend it," says Ashley Duran, one of many ALICE residents in Louisiana.
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KALB.comKALB.com
January 27, 2016

United Way study reveals problem of working poor in Louisiana
ALICE: They're people you see everyday – cashiers, mechanics, waiters and even nurses. News Channel 5's Diamond Davies tells us the United Way is looking to put a stop to their struggles.
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KATC.comKATC.com
January 27, 2016

United Way releases new ALICE Report
With the ALICE report, the United Way is giving a name to the thousands who are working, but still struggling. They're hoping this starts the conversation on making reforms.
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AmericanPress.comAmericanPress.com
January 28, 2016

ALICE: Breaking down the findings
A recent report says 47 percent of households in Lake Charles live in poverty or just above the poverty level, but can barely afford everyday expenses like housing, food and transportation.
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Maryland
ABC NewsABC News
January 10, 2017

One-third of Maryland families are struggling to make ends meet, United Way report finds

We usually don't know who is struggling, the people who work multiple jobs just to get by, and the families teetering on that critical line between the haves and have-nots.          
In a new report released by the United Way, those neighbors are called ALICE, it stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.
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Baltimore SunBaltimore Sun
January 9, 2017

Study: One-quarter of Maryland families above federal poverty line, but can't afford basic essentials

The report used state income data from 2014 and sought to provide a better look at economic disparity in the state than the federal poverty line, which the study's lead researcher, Stephanie Hoopes, called "woefully inadequate" because it is standard nationwide.
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Crains Detroit BusinessBaltimore Business Journal
January 9, 2017

United Way wants to focus on employed, but struggling individuals

Nonprofit United Way would like you to meet ALICE. 743,738 households, or one in every three people in Maryland, that are living above the Federal Poverty Level, yet still have difficulty keeping up with the costs of housing, child care, food, transportation and health care are considered to be ALICE.
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WBALWBAL
January 9, 2017

United Way report finds more than third of Maryland households unable to afford basic needs

The ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) report released by the state's United Way organizations found the earnings of nearly 750,000 households aren't enough to support a "survival budget" of more than twice the federal poverty level. Many of the people who fall into this category include cashiers, administrative assistants, security guards and retail employees.
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Michigan
Crains Detroit BusinessCrain’s Detroit Business
September 15, 2016

Michigan United Ways association to update ALICE report next spring
Jackson-based Consumers Energy Foundation awarded the state United Way association a $25,000 grant that will help researchers update the report that studies a group of the working poor named ALICE.
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Crains Detroit BusinessCrain’s Detroit Business
December 14, 2015

Why ALICE Matters: Income-constrained workers must make it stretch
A conundrum on low-income workers, according to Michigan's ALICE report, is that they often are paid far less than what they need to make ends meet — and the state's fastest-growing job openings are in low-skilled, low-wage industries, meaning no quick trajectory for earnings growth for many.
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Crains Detroit BusinessCrain’s Detroit Business
December 13, 2015

Grand Rapids company helped create employer resource network
Employer resource networks are regional partnerships of companies that provide wraparound services to vulnerable workers to boost retention rates. These networks have proven successful at retaining workers, particularly in industries like manufacturing that pay lower wages and require less education.
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Crains Detroit BusinessCrain’s Detroit Business
December 13, 2015

Why ALICE Matters: Employers aim to retain low-income employees, improve the bottom line
Michigan companies are rethinking their recruitment and retention strategies for ALICE workers to reduce high turnover costs. In some cases, employers are offering community resource-type services, all part of an effort to reduce turnover rates.
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MLiveMLive
May 14, 2015

United Way of Jackson County hopes to help those considered ALICE, may start with child care
United Way has taken an interest in changing the lives of children from the beginning, starting with the quality of child care kids get while their parents are at work.
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MLiveMLive
May 12, 2015

Michigan struggles to boost lives of the working poor
Scott Dzurka, CEO of the Michigan United Ways, is pressing the 242-page ALICE report into the hands of legislators, the media and community groups to counter that Michigan's declining unemployment means that the hardships facing working families are over.
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WDETWDET
March 24, 2015

When $40,000 a Year is Not Enough
Jessie Robinson and her husband both have advanced educational degrees and are working professionals, but it’s a struggle to get by on a daily basis.
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Southwest Michigan’s Second WaveSouthwest Michigan’s Second Wave
October 30, 2014

Buying a meal will feed a hungry neighbor at Feed the World Café
A young chef whose eyes were opened to ALICE is inspired to open a restaurant and share proceeds with nonprofits feeding the hungry in Kalamazoo.
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The Huffington PostThe Huffington Post
September 4, 2014

Most Detroit families can't afford their basic needs: Report
The United Way released a study that found 40 percent of Michigan households, and 67 percent of Detroit families, are either under the poverty line or what it identifies as "ALICE" – Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.
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Livingston DailyLivingston Daily
September 1, 2014

Nearly 3 in 10 near 'cliff to poverty' in Livingston
A new study shows that close to 3 in 10 of Livingston County households are living from paycheck to paycheck...United Way calls those people Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, or ALICE.
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BattleCreek EnquirerBattleCreek Enquirer
September 1, 2014

Working poor: Escaping poverty, but not hardship
Although nearly 9,000 households in Calhoun County live below the poverty line, a far greater number earn too little to afford basic needs, according to new study of financial hardship released by United Way.
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MLive LansingMLive Lansing
August 31, 2014

Report: 4 in 10 Michigan households struggle to make ends meet
Jessie Robinson got her paycheck last week, and started the process of deciding which bills to pay.
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Michigan RadioMichigan Radio
August 31, 2014

Report: Many Michiganders struggling to make ends meet
Many Michiganders are working hard this Labor Day weekend and still not making ends meet. Waitresses, home care workers and others who are the backbone of Michigan economy fall short of having enough money to meet their basic survival needs.
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Kalamazoo GazetteKalamazoo Gazette
August 31, 2014

24% of Kalamazoo County households live above poverty line but below cost-of-living levels
They have often been called the working poor – people who live above the poverty line but below basic cost-of-living levels.
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Jackson Citizen PatriotJackson Citizen Patriot
August 31, 2014

Study: More than 40 percent of Jackson County households struggle to make ends meet
Nearly 25,000 households in Jackson County are struggling to make ends meet – with more than half of those homes earning more than the federal poverty level.
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Lansing State JournalLansing State Journal
August 30, 2014

40 percent of Michigan households can’t cover expenses
A new study released finds that 40 percent of Michigan households with at least one worker don’t make enough money to meet basic survival needs.
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NEW JERSEY
The Star-Ledger
March 1, 2017

Opinion: Coach: I know how it feels to struggle – and to help others

We can help so many people in this world by stepping up, standing up and lifting others beside us. Supporting the United Way ALICE Project is a perfect way to be an “angel” to make a positive difference in someone’s life for future generations to come.
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NJ SpotlightNJ Spotlight
January 23, 2017

Opinion: Listening to what ALICE has to say about NJ’s working poor
There have been many voices involved in the conversation of how best to shape the healthcare landscape. Amid the din of debate, one name that stands out is ALICE.
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NJ SpotlightNJ Spotlight
January 20, 2017

Interactive Map: Where NJ’s working poor can’t afford bare necessities

The official poverty numbers mean little in a high-cost state like New Jersey, but a new report paints a stark picture of the economic health of New Jersey households four years into the economic recovery: In 70 percent of New Jersey municipalities, at least a quarter of the households could not afford the bare necessities in 2014.
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NJTVNJTV
January 17, 2017

Study: 37 Percent of NJ Households Can’t Afford Basic Needs
Charlene O’Brien is a 38-year-old single mom with a full-time career training educators. She’s involved in her community, raising two young sons. She’s a very real picture of the financial hardship plaguing New Jersey’s working poor.
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NY PIX11 NY PIX11
January 17, 2017

More than 1 in 3 people in New Jersey are struggling to afford the basics

United Way of Northern New Jersey is sounding the alarm that 37 percent of New Jerseyans are among the “working poor” — people who live paycheck-to-paycheck in an uphill battle against the high cost of living.
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The Star-LedgerThe Star-Ledger
January 16, 2017

37 percent of people in N.J. are among the working poor, study say

Charlene O'Brien doesn't want help. The 38-year-old single mother of two has built her life on being a strong, independent woman. But O'Brien knows today she needs help. O'Brien's family is one of the estimated 1.2 million households in New Jersey struggling to make ends meet, according to a new study by United Way.
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The Star-LedgerThe Star-Ledger
January 16, 2017

People spend the biggest chunk of their income on housing in these towns

It's expensive to be poor in New Jersey. People living in the Garden State – particularly low-income residents – are frequently spending a large chunk of their income on monthly housing costs, according to a new report from United Way.
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WHYYWHYY
January 15, 2017

Third of New Jersey households can’t afford basic necessities, study finds

More than a third of New Jersey families could not afford the basic necessities of rent, food, and health care in 2014, according to a new report by the United Way of Northern New Jersey. The effects of the Great Recession, such as sluggish job growth, coupled with one-time events like Superstorm Sandy contributed to growing financial uncertainty among New Jersey families, the nonprofit said.
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NJ 101.5NJ 101.5
January 15, 2017

Struggling in NJ – 52 percent of all workers earn less than $20 an hour

Meet ALICE. Actually, her name is Charlene. But the North Jersey woman represents hundreds of thousands of Garden State residents considered “Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed” in a just-released report from United Way.
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Asbury Park PressAsbury Park Press
January 15, 2017

More NJ, Shore families struggle to make ends meet: Report

Some 1.2 million New Jersey households – including a growing number at the Shore – don't earn enough to afford basic necessities like rent and food, according to a new United Way report.
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Courier NewsCourier News
January 15, 2017

More Central Jersey families struggle to make ends meet: Report

“Costs are far outpacing wages for most service jobs and there’s been no way for families to catch up no matter how hard they are working,” said Stephanie Hoopes, the lead author and researcher of the report released by the United Way of Northern New Jersey.
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New Jersey HeraldNew Jersey Herald
January 15, 2017

United Way study: A third of county households struggling

United Way's third ALICE Report shows that the number of ALICE and poverty level households has increased steadily since 2007, even during the recovery from the Great Recession.
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Daily RecordDaily Record
January 15, 2017

Report: 25% of Morris households can’t afford to live in county

“The United Way ALICE Reports provide a wealth of unbiased data that give policymakers in New Jersey and across the country the tools they need to bring needed change for workers who are critical in our communities such as home health aides and child care workers,” said United Way of Northern New Jersey CEO John Franklin. “When ALICE families struggle, we all struggle.”
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My 9 NJ NowMy 9 NJ Now
May 29, 2016

John Franklin talks ALICE with MY9 Host Jim McQueeny
My9 Host Jim McQueeny sat down with United Way CEO John Franklin to talk about how to improve live for ALICE in the Garden State.
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NJ SpotlightNJ Spotlight
April 27, 2016

Profile: She redefines poverty to include working people who can’t get by
Stephanie Hoopes melds data, compassion, and a respect for human dignity in a new methodology that reveals the hidden face of poverty – beyond the official statistics.
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NJ SpotlightNJ Spotlight
April 27, 2016

Profile: She redefines poverty to include working people who can’t get by
Stephanie Hoopes melds data, compassion, and a respect for human dignity in a new methodology that reveals the hidden face of poverty – beyond the official statistics.
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Star LedgerThe Star-Ledger
February 3, 2016

Opinion: 3 next steps to help combat poverty in N.J.
At United Way of Northern New Jersey, we believe that lasting change begins with ALICE. We believe that ALICE can be the platform for achieving common ground.
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NJTVNJTV
January 26, 2016

In NJ, ALICE Families Struggle to Realize the American Dream
ALICE is trying to realize the American Dream and if she can’t pay the heating bill, if she can’t feed her kids, the dream is lost. If it’s lost for ALICE, it’s going to be lost for all of us.
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NJ SpotlightNJ Spotlight
December 18, 2015

Opinion: Make high quality preschool accessible for all children in NJ
It’s time New Jersey made ensuring quality preschool for more families a top priority. A good first step would be raising the state’s subsidy for struggling working families across the state who don’t currently access New Jersey’s model program.
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Daily RecordDaily Record
November 22, 2015

Cory Booker, Tom Kean speak at United Way forum
Two of New Jersey’s most notable politicians shared the stage for the first time Friday night to discuss ways to improve life for struggling families in New Jersey at a United Way Public Officials Forum, "United for ALICE."
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Star LedgerThe Star-Ledger
November 22, 2015

Forum examines families’ struggles
U.S. Sen. Cory Booker and former Gov. Thomas Kean shared the stage at the United Way Public Officials Forum where they pondered solutions for the 890,000 New Jersey working families who are ALICE.
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New Jersey HeraldNew Jersey Herald
October 15, 2015

United Way's campaign to focus on county's households in need
United Way of Northern New Jersey focus on helping ALICE access quality early childhood education has an impact on individual lives, but also the success of businesses.
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Star LedgerThe Star-Ledger
January 5, 2015

Staying Afloat
At the Jersey Shore, the ALICE population has grown quickly in the wake of the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, a faltering casino industry and stagnant wages, officials say.
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The Montclair TimesThe Montclair Times
December 18, 2014

40 percent of Montclairites 'housing burdened'
For a family making $35,000 per year, it may mean being forced to choose between one necessity or another.
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Courier NewsCourier News
November 12, 2014

Livin on a Prayer
Bon Jovi wants to help NJ’s middle class.
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The Chronicle of PhilanthropyThe Chronicle of Philanthropy
October 9, 2014

The Income-Inequality Divide Hits Generosity
The growing income gap between the rich and poor in America is reshaping generosity across the nation.
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The RecordThe Record
September 19, 2014

Editorial: Jersey’s Poor – Despite high incomes, poverty rises
It's time for New Jersey lawmakers to put politics aside and explore ways to ensure that all families in the state are able to meet basic needs.
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The Montclair TimesThe Montclair Times
September 18, 2014

Yes, even here: Struggling to make ends meet
In Essex County 47 percent of households can’t afford basic necessities.
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NJ 101.5NJ 101.5
September 17, 2014

NJ households struggling to make ends meet
More than a third of New Jersey households aren’t bringing in the money they need to cover the basic cost of living, according to a new report from United Way of Northern New Jersey.
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NJTVNJTV
September 15, 2014

Report: 38 Percent of NJ Households Struggle to Afford Necessities
Toms River resident Christine Labrutto browses Ocean County Hunger Relief’s thrift store. It’s one of the few places she can afford to shop.
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Star LedgerStar Ledger
September 14, 2014

Amid great wealth, many teeter on edge of poverty
A new study conducted by the United Way of Northern New Jersey shows an alarming number of New Jersey residents are struggling to meet basic needs.
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Courier NewsCourier News
September 14, 2014

Can you afford N.J.?
For a growing number, wages are not keeping up with cost.
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Daily RecordDaily Record
September 14, 2014

Number of households on brink is growing
The number of Morris County households struggling to make ends meet increased from 20 to 26 percent in the years since the Great Recession.
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New Jersey HeraldNew Jersey Herald
September 14, 2014

30 percent who live in county can’t afford it
United Way of Northern New Jersey’s second ALICE Report shows that a growing number of working families struggle to make ends meet every day.
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Asbury Park PressAsbury Park Press
September 14, 2014

Study: 38 percent of households struggle
The increasing share of workers on the brink threatens to put a strain on schools, housing and the health care system.
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Hartford CourantHartford Courant
August 2, 2014

United Way ALICE Reception at NBC in Connecticut
United Way and Comcast hosted a reception for CNBC’s Ron Insana and United Way of Northern New Jersey CEO John Franklin on the eve of a sold-out business breakfast about ALICE.
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Star LedgerStar Ledger
June 25, 2014

New Jerseyans getting priced out of child care
The cost of quality child care has skyrocketed out of the reach of many hardworking families – households United Way calls ALICE – Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.
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Courier NewsCourier News
January 12, 2014

Making ends meet
No longer is the label of poverty limited to the individual or family sleeping on the street or in a homeless shelter. The faces and the circumstances of those struggling to survive in New Jersey are changing.
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NJ SpotlightNJ Spotlight
November 23, 2013

An Invisible Woman, Income Inequality and Innovative Investment
In this second decade of the 21st century, the "invisible man" is all too often a woman. Her name is ALICE. She is you or your wife, sister, daughter, neighbor, coworker, or fellow congregant.
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The Washington PostThe Washington Post
October 25, 2013

ALICE Americans, slipping out of the middle class

The story of future elections will, in fact, come down to a single name – in this case, a female first name. No, it’s not Hillary. It’s ALICE.
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CNNCNN's Your Money
September 18, 2013

Why you aren’t making it in America
Christine Romans, host of CNN's Your Money, recently delivered the keynote address at a Rutgers University conference dedicated to building resilience for ALICE households.
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Courier NewsCourier News
September 4, 2012

Report: More than one-third of New Jersey households either mired in poverty, or close to it
United Way's ALICE study offers unprecedented look into scope of financial hardship.
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WNYCWNYC
September 3, 2012

In NJ, More Than 1/3 Struggle to Get By: Report
A new report commissioned by United Way of Northern New Jersey challenges the federal poverty measure and creates a higher threshold for what it takes to meet basic living expenses in each of New Jersey's 21 counties.
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Star LedgerStar Ledger
September 2, 2012

Jersey's Hidden Poor
In an unprecedented new study, five years in the making, the United Way of Northern New Jersey presents a harrowing picture of the state's working poor.
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New Jersey HeraldNew Jersey Herald
February, 15, 2012

Working poor have tough time in county
Sussex County Chamber of Commerce members met ALICE Tuesday. United Way of Northern New Jersey recently reported that nearly one in three Sussex households is ALICE, otherwise known as the working poor.
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CNNCNN
February 2, 2012

From Six Figures to ALICE
Meet a Morris County family of five that once was middle class and today is struggling to get by on what they describe as “teenage salaries”.
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New York NonProfit MediaNew York NonProfit Media
February 28, 2017

Setting a new threshold for poverty

Opinion: We need to understand poverty in a broader context than we have been discussing, and target resources to help ALICE. By investing in ALICE, we are investing in ourselves.
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The Buffalo NewsThe Buffalo News
January 10, 2017

Opinion: Another Voice: Extending tax credit will help low-wage workers

The bottom line is that no working American should be taxed into – or deeper into – poverty. One bipartisan solution can be found in the Earned Income Tax Credit, which has helped struggling working families climb out of poverty but leaves out or barely helps millions of workers who don’t have children or aren’t raising them in their home.
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City & State New YorkCity & State New York/Slant
January 11, 2017

Opinion: Gleaming new airports won’t help homeless New Yorkers

Now, thanks to a new, detailed analysis of the economic conditions in all 62 of New York’s counties from the United Way, we know just how pronounced the level of economic insecurity has become for working-class households across the state.
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Journal NewsThe Journal News
December 1, 2016

Editorial: Recognizing the growing “working poor”
Give the United Way credit for trying to measure real day-to-day poverty in New York and 14 other states (so far). United Way's ALICE project demonstrates that about a third of people in our region are really up against it.
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Long Island PressLong Island Press
November 28, 2016

35% of Long Island households struggle to make ends meet, study finds
Alana Downey, a married veteran and mother of two, moved to Long Island hoping to make a better life for her family, but instead she is struggling to survive, living paycheck to paycheck.
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Journal NewsThe Journal News
November 27, 2016

Many families struggling, United Way ALICE project finds
More than one-third of Lower Hudson Valley residents struggle to provide for themselves and their families, making one of New York's most affluent regions one of the most challenging for the working class, a new United Way report has found.
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Long Island PressPoughkeepsie Journal
November 27, 2016

35% of Long Island households struggle to make ends meet, study finds
April Messina is stuck in the middle. Her family-of-four's income is slightly too high to qualify for food stamps but too low to live comfortably. Messina, 33, and her husband struggle to pay rent and bills and buy food with their income – he makes around $30,000 working full time at a commercial glass and glazing company, and she just started a new job at Walmart.
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NewYorkUpstate.comNewYorkUpstate.com
November 27, 2016

New York's forgotten poor: Income needed to survive is nearly 3 times poverty rate

The way the government determines poverty is outdated and inaccurate, according to a new study from the United Way.
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Albany Times UnionAlbany Times Union
November 27, 2016

Capital Region working poor struggle to make ends meet
Autumn Cardente works 35 hours a week at the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council Head Start program to help families in need. The nutrition specialist, a divorced mother of two daughters ages 12 and 16, knows their plight all too well. "We're working and yet we are struggling just as much the families that we're helping."
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Long Island PressRochester Democrat and Chronicle
November 27, 2016

United Way report: High percentage of employed struggle financially
In Monroe County, making ends meet is a struggle in roughly two out of every five households. In Rochester, that number skyrockets to seven out of every 10 – the highest ratio in the state – highlighting increasing pressures on working-class families who face increasing costs for the needs of daily life, a new United Way report has found.
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Corvallis Gazette-TimesCorvallis Gazette-Times
January 17, 2016

The struggle is real
If you feel like you’re working your fingers to the bone just to make ends meet, you’re not alone: According to a new study from the United Ways of the Pacific Northwest, one of every three households in the region is struggling just to afford basic necessities.
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KTVZ.comKTVZ.com
January 19, 2016

How Many NW Families in a Squeeze? Go Ask ALICE
"It's frustrating, particularly when I see people that are working really really hard, and despite their efforts, it's one step forward, one step back," United Way of Deschutes County Executive Director Ken Wilhelm said Monday.
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The Register-GuardThe Register-Guard
January 19, 2016

Report from United Way shows over 40 percent of Lane County is ‘living off the bare minimum’
“This is a call to action,” said Elena Fracchia of United Way of Lane County. Residents in Lane County must “lean in and figure it out,” she said.
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The Bellingham HeraldThe Bellingham Herald
January 19, 2016

Report: Many Whatcom households struggle to make ends meet
“What we’re hoping is this report shines some light on our community in a new way…it’s really folks from across the spectrum that we all know that are vulnerable,” said Peter Theisen, president and CEO of United Way of Whatcom County.
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KUOW.orgKUOW.org
January 19, 2016

Employment is high, but so is poverty
Jeannie Yandel talks to Dona Ponepinto, president and CEO of United Way of Pierce County about a new study commissioned by United Way that found one in three Northwest households are living just above or below the poverty line.
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The OlympianThe Olympian
January 16, 2016

Report says 1 in 3 Washington households struggle to afford basic life necessities
The report, part of a national project, will become a tool that influences public policy and inspires strategies for helping families meet their needs.
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Fond du Lac ReporterFond du Lac Reporter
March 7, 2017

United Way: One-third of Fond du Lac County households struggle to pay bills
United Way of Wisconsin, with its research partners, has applied a series of new, standardized measurements that quantify who in Wisconsin’s workforce is living on the edge of financial insecurity – and the reasons why. This research provides a comprehensive picture of financial need across Wisconsin that goes beyond traditional, limited federal poverty guidelines.
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La Crosse TribuneLa Crosse Tribune
October 13, 2016

40 percent of county households teeter on financial brink, United Way study says
We all know ALICE. ALICE is the recent college graduate unable to afford to live on his or her own, the young family strapped by child-care costs and the mid-career professional now underemployed,” said Charlene Mouille, executive director of United Way of Wisconsin.
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The OlympianChicago Tribune
October 10, 2016

Social services demands increase warned
The number of households living in poverty or on the brink of it is on the upswing, according to figures from the United Way of Porter County, a trend that will increase demand on social service agencies across the county.
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Wisconsin Public RadioWisconsin Public Radio
September 14, 2016

United Way: 42 percent of Wisconsin households struggle to pay bill
Thirteen percent of Wisconsin families are living in poverty, but a new United Way of Wisconsin report shows another 29 percent make less than the cost of necessities like food, housing and healthcare.
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Fox 11 NewsFox 11 News
September 14, 2016

Study finds 42% of Wisconsinites struggle to afford cost of living
A study from the United Way finds nearly half of Wisconsinites struggle to afford the cost of living and most of those having financial problems do have jobs.
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News 8 WKBTNews 8 WKBT
September 14, 2016

La Crosse County poverty remains high
Meme Maholovic and her family may seem like they're earning a salary big enough...But a hard reality in La Crosse, hits close to home for the Maholovic family.
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