• Almost half of US families can't afford basics like rent and food

    6 days ago - By WGN TV

    NEW YORK - The economy may be chugging along, but many Americans are still struggling to afford a basic middle class life.
    Nearly 51 million households don't earn enough to afford a monthly budget that includes housing, food, child care, health care, transportation and a cell phone, according to a study released Thursday by the United Way ALICE Project. That's 43% of households in the United States.
    The figure includes the 16.1 million households living in poverty, as well as the 34.7 million families that the United Way has dubbed ALICE - Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. This...
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