ALICE's Search for Survival: The Barriers and Paths to Opportunity for Connecticut's Working Households

APA Connecticut Chapter


Wednesday, January 27, 2016
9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. EST

Hartford, CT, United States

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This workshop's keynote speaker is George McCarthy, President and CEO of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and a former vice president at the Ford Foundation.  He is an accomplished housing economist who focuses on social justice through land use policy around the world.  This workshop conversation was sparked by the United Way of Connecticut findings that the "survival budget" for Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed (ALICE) individuals and families is burdened by major unavoidable costs: childcare, transportation and housing.

Major employers, business leaders and land use policy makers are now learning that 1 of every 3 Connecticut households is an ALICE household.  McCarthy and expert panelists will explore the difficult, and sometimes impossible, choices ALICE households face every day and the public and private sector solutions that can lessen their burden and help them find opportunity and secure places in Connecticut's labor force.

Planners will learn about the struggles of 35% of Connecticut's households who are considered ALICE households ($21K for individuals, $65K for 4-person households).  As a result, they have difficulty affording the three biggest living costs: housing, childcare and transportation.  They have to make nearly impossible choices about housing or food, transportation or education/training, etc.  This forum will be valuable for planners for two reasons: 1) land use planning and decisions that can cut those costs - by putting housing near transit, or daycare near housing or transit, for example - will aid ALICE households and give them more opportunity, and 2) McCarthy's prescription for metro-regional housing development can make density easier and housing thus more affordable and more appropriately situated.

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George McCarthy

George McCarthy (Mac) is President and CEO of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. He joined the Lincoln Institute in 2014 from the Ford Foundation where he directed programming in Metropolitan Opportunity. Mac joined Ford in 2000 from the Center for Urban and Regional Studies at the University of North ... Read More

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