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Legislative Forum on Strategies to Help ALICE Achieve Financial Security

In the fall of 2014, Connecticut United Ways released the first statewide ALICE Report, a data-driven, comprehensive research project that quantifies the situation confronting many low-income working families across our state – in our urban, suburban and rural communities.

Six years ago Connecticut United Ways committed to shining a light on households that, despite working hard, live paycheck to paycheck and are unable to afford life’s most basic necessities such as housing, food, child care, transportation, technology and healthcare. We call these households ALICE, an acronym that stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained Employed.

According to the 2018 Connecticut United Ways ALICE Report, Connecticut’s 3rd ALICE Report, 40 percent of Connecticut households are unable to make ends meet. Of this 40 percent, 30 percent (404,035 households) have earnings above the federal poverty line but below a basic cost-of-living threshold known as the Household Survival Budget.

ALICE cares for our children and aging parents, fixes our cars and works in our local grocery stores, retail stores, and restaurants. ALICE is our friend, neighbor, coworker and family member. We lean on ALICE for support; yet, many ALICE households are one emergency away from a financial crisis impacting their ability to feed their family, heat their home, maintain their housing, and ensure their medical care.
On Monday, February 25, Connecticut United Ways, the Commission on Women, Children and Seniors and the Commission on Equity and Opportunity are sponsoring a legislative forum on financial hardship. The forum will focus on the immediate needs of ALICE families and strategies to help families achieve financial security.
Click HERE to view the We Stand With ALICE Legislative Forum Agenda.
“The 2018 ALICE Report confirms that a significant number of Connecticut’s working families live under real financial strain, sometimes only one unexpected event away from distress” said Steven Hernández, Executive Director, Commission on Women, Children and Seniors, and Commission on Equity and Opportunity. “On February 25, we will bring together policymakers, researchers, business leaders, community providers and ALICE families to discuss how we can better serve those who struggle to make ends meet.”
The event will run from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Room 2-E of the Legislative Office Building (LOB), at 300 Capital Avenue in Hartford. Coffee and light refreshments will be offered in the 2nd Floor Atrium prior to the event from 12:00-1:00 p.m.  The forum is free and open to the public, though anyone planning to attend is asked to register at: http://bit.ly/ALICE2019.
“ALICE households are vital to our state’s economic well-being, and we all know and depend on ALICE,” said Richard Porth, President and CEO of United Way of Connecticut. “The ALICE legislative forum provides an opportunity for people who care about ALICE to think together about short-term and longer-term strategies that can lead to opportunity and financial stability for ALICE households.”
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