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United Way of Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region press release

United Way of Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region press release

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A press release on an August 2014 United Way ALICE report on financial hardship in Michigan.
A press release on an August 2014 United Way ALICE report on financial hardship in Michigan.

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Groundbreaking Study Reveals More Than 40% of Michigan Households Struggle to Afford Basics
United Way ALICE Report details size and scope of financial hardship in Michigan
To read an
embargoed
 copy of the report and find county-by-county and town-level data on the size and demographics of ALICE as well as the community conditions and costs faced by  ALICE households, visit www.UnitedWayALICE.org. The case sensitive password is LiveUnited.
BATTLE CREEK / KALAMAZOO, MI,
 
 –
 There are 1.54 million households unable to afford the
state’s
 cost of living, with conditions still lagging behind pre-recession levels, according to the United Way ALICE Report released today
by local United Way’s throughout the State.
  ALICE
 –
 
A
sset
L
imited,
I
ncome
C
onstrained,
E
mployed; Study of Financial Hardship places a spotlight on a large population of hardworking residents who work at low-paying jobs, have little or no savings, and are one emergency from falling into poverty. The Report is the most comprehensive depiction of financial need in the state to date, using the latest data from a variety of sources, including the U.S. Census. The Report unveils new measures, based on present-day income levels and expenses that quantify the size of who in Michigan
’s
workforce is struggling financially, and why.  A total of 39,611 households in Calhoun and Kalamazoo County fall into what United Way calls the ALICE population. These are households earning more than the official U.S. poverty level, but less than the basic cost of living. Calhoun County  ALICE: 15,470 Households (29%) Poverty: 8,866 Households (17%) Kalamazoo County  ALICE: 24,141 Households (24%) Poverty: 17,245 Households (17%)
We all know ALICE,
 said Scott Dzurka, President/CEO of the Michigan Association of United
Way’s. “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. These folks are vi
tal to our state’s future economic well
-being, and they face barriers beyond their control frustrating their ability to become
financially stable.”
 
Embargoed Release
 12:01am on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014
Contact:
 Chris Riker 
 
United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region
 (269)250-9818
criker@uwbckr.org 

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