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Redding officials highlight ALICE households

Redding officials are pointing out some rankings to highlight what they say is the full picture.  While Redding is among the more affluent towns in Connecticut, 4-percent of households live at or below the federal poverty level. 

20-percent of households are on the edge, or Asset Limited Income Constrained.  ALICE families spend over 30-percent of income on housing with little to no savings to cover basic needs in the event of illness or job loss.  They're technically above the Federal poverty level, but below the basic cost of living standard for Connecticut. 

The two categories account for a quarter of Redding households. 

First Selectman Julia Pemberton says local donation  to share the warmth, the food pantry and the Town’s assistance funds for students who can’t afford the cost of programs at Park and Rec or the Boys and Girls Club have a tremendous positive impact on these families. 

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