Study: One-third of Westchester families struggling financially

<p>A new study says that&nbsp;more than 99,000, or roughly&nbsp;one-third,&nbsp;of families living in&nbsp;Westchester County&nbsp;are&nbsp;struggling to stay afloat.</p>

News 12 Staff

Sep 18, 2018, 12:33 AM

Updated 2,132 days ago


A new study says that more than 99,000, or roughly one-third, of families living in Westchester County are struggling to stay afloat.
Struggling families are called “ALICE” by the United Way of Westchester and Putnam, which stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. This means they earn less than the survivable wage, which for a married couple with two children in child care is $88,000. 
United Way found 60 percent of families in Mount Vernon are ALICE, while 53 percent are in Yonkers and 42 percent in White Plains.
Twenty-two percent of Westchester County's married households with children earn below the ALICE survival budget. The numbers grow exponentially for families with single parents.

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