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Report: Half of Bexar County Households Struggle To Make Ends Meet

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It costs about $5,000 a month to maintain a family of four in Bexar County. New findings published by the United Ways Of Texas identified about 500,000 local households in the "in-between," earning above the federal poverty standards but below the amount needed for basic living costs.

Supported by United Way in 17 states, the ALICE report measures financial insecurity for families across America. ALICE is an acronoym, referring to households that are asset-limited, income constrained, and employed. 

These wage earners typically live in households that earn more than the Federal Poverty Level but not enough to pay for essentials like reliable health care, child care and transportation. 

About 36 percent of Bexar County households fall into the "ALICE threshold." An additional 15 percent are below the poverty line – $24,300 a year for a family of four. Combined, that's 51 percent of San Antonio area households struggling to make ends meet.

When it comes to financial insecurity, how does how does Texas compare to the rest of the country? How can we change the conversation about poverty in America? 


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This interview aired on Wednesday, February 20, 2019.

Jan Ross Piedad Sakian is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.