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Data Reveals Dire Straits For Oregon's Working Poor Even Before Pandemic

United Way of Lane County

There’s new data out on a section of the population-- often overlooked: the WORKING POOR. United Ways of the Pacific Northwest just released the latest ALICE Report. 

ALICE stands for: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.

And it finds a record number of *working families cannot afford the basic necessities to get by. Things like childcare, transportation, rent. In 2018, nearly *half of Lincoln County lived below the ALICE threshold for survival. In Lane County is was 45%. And this was pre-pandemic.  

Christie Costello is with United Way of Lane County. “We know that COVID-19 has exacerbated some persistent challenges that many children and families and communities experienced pre-COVID, due to race, geography, income,” she said.

Credit United Way of Lane County
A visual breakdown of Oregon households living in poverty, those working poor living under ALICE threshold and those making ends meet or better.

Data shows black households in Oregon have a 60% higher rate of hardship than white households.

In response, United Way of Lane County just launched a new grant opportunity to address both immediate needs and systemic inequities contributing to health and education disparities.

For ALICE data and Oregon county-by-county interactive map: http://https://www.unitedforalice.org/oregon

Credit United Way of Lane County
Images on the cover of Oregon's ALICE Report.

Tiffany joined the KLCC News team in 2007. She studied journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia and worked in a variety of media including television, technical writing, photography and daily print news before moving to the Pacific Northwest.
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