New Report: Even Before the Pandemic, 38% of Families in Connecticut Struggled to Pay for Basic Needs
The information in this Media Alert is under embargo until 12:01 AM on Sunday, September 6, 2020

Connecticut United Ways will release a new report on Sunday, September 6, 2020, that looks more closely at financial hardship in Connecticut with the goal of better understanding the trends that are squeezing many in our middle class. Embargoed access to this report for the media will be available on August 31st (details below).

The Connecticut United Ways’ 2020 ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Report exposes the current 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. The new report outlines proven strategies for moving these families closer to financial security. 

The ALICE Report addresses trends impacting ALICE Households, including:

  • A disproportionately high percentage of Black and Hispanic households live below the ALICE Threshold. 
  • 57% of Black households and 63% of Hispanic households in Connecticut live below the ALICE Threshold. 
  • A growing number of households live on the edge of the ALICE Threshold. In Connecticut, 13% of households were on the cusp of the ALICE Threshold, with earnings just above or below it. 
  • Worker vulnerability is increasing while wages stagnate in ALICE jobs. 
  • Many jobs will require an increasing ability to incorporate new technologies, work with data, and make data-based decisions, which means that ALICE workers need more access to upskilling, on-the-job training, and work-based training opportunities, consistent with the direction Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont’s Workforce Council is taking.
  • ALICE families are more vulnerable to an emergency because it is becoming more difficult to save and build assets. 

On the call will be:
  • Richard J. Porth, CEO, United Way of Connecticut
  • Paula Gilberto, President and CEO, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut
  • Donna Osuch, President and CPO, United Way of West Central Connecticut 
  • Kim Morgan, CEO, United Way of Western Connecticut

Media will be given advance access to the report on an embargoed basis on Monday, August 31st. The embargo will be lifted at 12:01am on Sunday, September 6th for publication that day. Beginning on Monday, August 31st, you can visit to access an embargoed copy of the Connecticut ALICE Report. The case sensitive password is CTALICE2020.

There will be two statewide conference calls for the media at 10:00am on Tuesday, September 1st and at 10:00am on Wednesday, September 2nd. The call-in number for both calls is 1-800-719-7514 and the access code is 527533.
About Connecticut United Ways

Connecticut United Ways advance the common good by creating opportunities for all, with a particular focus on education, income/financial security, health, and basic needs – the building blocks for a good quality of life. We engage people and organizations throughout our communities who bring passion, expertise, and resources needed to get things done, and we invite everyone to be part of the change.
Statewide Media Contact:

United Way of Connecticut
Annie Scully

Connecticut United Way Media Contacts:

United Way of Middlesex County
Amanda Furlong
Communications and Marketing Director

United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut
Elyssa M. Millspaugh
Digital Marketing Manager

United Way of Coastal Fairfield County
Gail Carroll
Marketing & Communications Director

United Way of Greater New Haven
Mark Allegrini
Senior Director of Marketing and Engagement 

United Way of Greater Waterbury
Glenn McCabe
Director, Marketing/Communications

United Way of Greenwich
David Rabin
President & CEO

United Way of Meriden and Wallingford
Diana Reilly
Associate Director

United Way of Milford
Gary Johnson
President & CEO

United Way of Northwest Connecticut
Owen Quinn
Executive Director

United Way of Southeastern Connecticut
Jill Davoll
Marketing and Communications Director

United Way of Southington
Jack Eisenmann
Executive Director

United Way of Naugatuck and Beacon Falls
Lisa Shappy
Executive Director

United Way of West Central Connecticut
Donna Osuch

United Way of Western Connecticut
Sofia Dupi
Digital Services Implementation, Marketing & Analysis

United Way of Western Connecticut
Isabel Almeida
Executive Director

Valley United Way
David Kennedy
Interim President/COO