(WLNS) – United Way foundations across Michigan partnered with the Consumers Energy foundation to start the Alice program.
The Alice report helps paint a comprehensive picture of the level of need families experience here in Michigan.
Alice households are working households. That means the adults hold jobs and contribute in some way to Michigan’s economy.
The report found that 40 percent of those households are either in poverty or work in jobs that barely cover the basic cost of living.
That’s over 1.5 million Michigan households barely making ends meet.
The average income needed to survive in Michigan ranges from $47 – 62,000 per year for a family of four.
That’s more than double the official poverty line in the United States.
And while the cost of living continues to go up the number of high skilled high paying jobs is expected to go down.
Looking specifically at Ingham and Jackson counties when it came to affordable housing, job opportunities and community support, Jackson scored fair across the board.
However Ingham scored poor in both the housing and job opportunities, but earned a good rating for community support.