United Way releases its ALICE report
The United Way has released its ALICE report, which stands for “Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed” – an apt description of many Hoosiers. It says 36-percent of households in Indiana could not afford basic needs – such as housing, child care, food, health care and transportation – in 2014. That means almost a million people live in households below the Federal Poverty Level – or live above it but still struggle to afford necessities. Maureen Noe, who heads the Indiana Association of United Ways, says the poverty numbers held steady since the last ALICE report two years ago, but working families haven’t caught up with where they were before the recession. In Indiana, the report says more than 550-thousand households live above the official poverty level, but below the ALICE threshold for the basic cost of living.
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