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United Way to host webinar on economic hardship facing New Jersey households

Many N.J. Working Families, Even in Morris County, Can’t Make Ends Meet

NEW JERSEY – United Way of Northern New Jersey will present an informative and engaging webinar on Jan. 7, 2021 for community leaders about the impact of rising financial instability on families, communities and our economy.

The United Way’s United For Alice research project studies economic realities for households who are Asset Limited, Income Constrained and Employed (ALICE). In Morris  County, 30 percent of households fall far below the ALICE threshold, or 55,000 of Morris County’s 181,738 households, according to data presented by United Way. Interpretive graphs show the national picture, and are modifiable for New Jersey data as well as individual county.

For example, the United Way data shows households facing difficulty are spread throughout every municipality, from 13 percent in Chester Township to 69 percent in Victory Gardens.

This hour-long webinar will offer a brief historical view, tracking ALICE through the Great Recession to present day and demonstrate how the lack of recovery for the ALICE population set them up for failure in the current COVID-19 financial and health crisis.

Budget comparison for ALICE households.

For the interactive graph, view  budgets in NJ.

The briefing will include a fast-paced tour of United Way’s most recent measures and assets:

  • Topline data and trends from their latest report, 2020 ALICE in New Jersey: A Financial Hardship Study, including ALICE by race/ethnicity
  • The new ALICE Essential Index which highlights the increasing cost of household essentials
  • Highlights from On Uneven Ground: ALICE and Financial Hardship in the U.S. – United Way’s newest publication featuring national data, and how New Jersey compares to other states
  • The new United For ALICE website with interactive graphs, maps, and 40+ indicators

The session will conclude with a discussion of how the new ALICE research can spur organizations and individuals to #ActForALICE as  they work to achieve financial stability for families across New Jersey.

To register for the Thursday, Jan. 7 webinar from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., click here.

Presenters from United For ALICE include:

  • Stephanie Hoopes, Ph.D., National Director
  • Ashley Anglin, Ph.D., Director of Research& Strategic Analysis
  • Catherine Connelly, DMH, Director of Research Engagement

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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