2020 United Way ALICE Report Released

Before the COVID-19 pandemic arrived thisyear, 38% of Connecticut residents were already struggling to make ends meet.
Those are the findings of the Connecticut United Ways’ 2020 ALICE Report, a study on
financial hardship.

The new report concludes that before the onset of the pandemic, 38% of Connecticut’s
households lacked the income to pay for necessities such as housing, food, childcare,
health care, technology, and transportation. That number includes those families living
at or below the federal poverty level and the 27% who live above it but below the basic
cost of living threshold. United Way calls these households ALICE, an acronym that
stands for, Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.

The report further demonstrates the now exacerbated economic vulnerability of many
Connecticut residents, who, in addition to dealing with longstanding financial
challenges, are now also struggling with furloughs, job losses, and an inability to pay bills
and provide for their families.

“ALICE workers are essential to the vitality of our communities. Despite working hard,
many ALICE workers are not able to earn enough to keep pace with the high cost of
living in Connecticut and the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed just how many families
are walking a financial tightrope.” Richard Porth, CEO, United Way of Connecticut
The report uses data from a variety of sources, including the U.S. Census and the
American Community Survey, to quantify the households in Connecticut’s workforce
that are struggling in this way.