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United Way of Northern New Jersey accomplishments, events, and staff are featured regularly in media outlets across the region. Here are recent examples of United Way’s work being represented in the news:

Star LedgerThe Star-Ledger
March 1, 2017

Opinion: Coach: I know how it feels to struggle – and to help others

We can help so many people in this world by stepping up, standing up and lifting others beside us. Supporting the United Way ALICE Project is a perfect way to be an “angel” to make a positive difference in someone’s life for future generations to come.
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NJ SpotlightNJ Spotlight
January 23, 2017

Opinion: Listening to what ALICE has to say about NJ’s working poor

There have been many voices involved in the conversation of how best to shape the healthcare landscape. Amid the din of debate, one name that stands out is ALICE.
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NJ SpotlightNJ Spotlight
January 20, 2017

Interactive Map: Where NJ’s working poor can’t afford bare necessities
The official poverty numbers mean little in a high-cost state like New Jersey, but a new report paints a stark picture of the economic health of New Jersey households four years into the economic recovery: In 70 percent of New Jersey municipalities, at least a quarter of the households could not afford the bare necessities in 2014.
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The HillThe Hill
January 20, 2017

Opinion: Equality means dignity: Report highlights how working Americans struggle

The United Way’s recently released ALICE report raises the question of whether Dr. King’s Dreams for America are achievable in today’s society. The United Way ALICE Report provides a comprehensive look at working families who are struggling financially in 13 states, and found that at least 31 percent of households in each state could not afford basic needs such as housing, child care, food, health care, and transportation in 2014.
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NJTVNJTV
January 17, 2017

Study: 37 Percent of NJ Households Can’t Afford Basic Needs
Charlene O’Brien is a 38-year-old single mom with a full-time career training educators. She’s involved in her community, raising two young sons. She’s a very real picture of the financial hardship plaguing New Jersey’s working poor.
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NY PIX11NY PIX11
January 17, 2017

More than 1 in 3 people in New Jersey are struggling to afford the basics
United Way of Northern New Jersey is sounding the alarm that 37 percent of New Jerseyans are among the “working poor” – people who live paycheck-to-paycheck in an uphill battle against the high cost of living.
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Star LedgerThe Star-Ledger
January 16, 2017

37 percent of people in N.J. are among the working poor, study says

Charlene O'Brien doesn't want help. The 38-year-old single mother of two has built her life on being a strong, independent woman. But O'Brien knows today she needs help. O'Brien's family is one of the estimated 1.2 million households in New Jersey struggling to make ends meet, according to a new study by United Way.
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Star LedgerThe Star-Ledger
January 16, 2017

People spend the biggest chunk of their income on housing in these towns

It's expensive to be poor in New Jersey. People living in the Garden State – particularly low-income residents – are frequently spending a large chunk of their income on monthly housing costs, according to a new report from United Way.
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WHYYWHYY
January 15, 2017

Third of New Jersey households can’t afford basic necessities, study finds

More than a third of New Jersey families could not afford the basic necessities of rent, food, and health care in 2014, according to a new report by the United Way of Northern New Jersey. The effects of the Great Recession, such as sluggish job growth, coupled with one-time events like Superstorm Sandy contributed to growing financial uncertainty among New Jersey families, the nonprofit said.
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NJ 101.5NJ 101.5
January 15, 2017

Struggling in NJ – 52 percent of all workers earn less than $20 an hour

Meet ALICE. Actually, her name is Charlene. But the North Jersey woman represents hundreds of thousands of Garden State residents considered “Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed” in a just-released report from United Way.
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Asbury Park PressAsbury Park Press
January 15, 2017

More NJ, Shore families struggle to make ends meet: Report

Some 1.2 million New Jersey households – including a growing number at the Shore – don't earn enough to afford basic necessities like rent and food, according to a new United Way report.
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Courier NewsCourier News
January 15, 2017

More Central Jersey families struggle to make ends meet: Report

“Costs are far outpacing wages for most service jobs and there’s been no way for families to catch up no matter how hard they are working,” said Stephanie Hoopes, the lead author and researcher of the report released by the United Way of Northern New Jersey.
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New Jersey HeraldNew Jersey Herald
January 15, 2017

United Way study: A third of county households struggling

United Way's third ALICE Report shows that the number of ALICE and poverty level households has increased steadily since 2007, even during the recovery from the Great Recession.
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Daily Record Daily Record
January 15, 2017

Report: 25% of Morris households can’t afford to live in county

“The United Way ALICE Reports provide a wealth of unbiased data that give policymakers in New Jersey and across the country the tools they need to bring needed change for workers who are critical in our communities such as home health aides and child care workers,” said United Way of Northern New Jersey CEO John Franklin. “When ALICE families struggle, we all struggle.”
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