You have permission to edit this article.
Edit

LETTER: Fauquier County residents are employed, yet struggle with the cost of living 

  • 0
LETTER: A letterbox with the inscription Letter to the editor
chart

Every two years, a grassroots research initiative takes place to help our region identify our ALICE -- an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed--populations. ALICE represents the growing number of households in our communities that are employed but do not earn enough to afford basic necessities. 

This week, United Way of the National Capital Area announces Nov. 15 to 19 as ALICE Awareness Week. Here’s why we all need to be aware of our ALICE neighbors and what they need to bridge their financial gap: 

Based on 2020 ALICE reports for Fauquier County, 30% of households are ALICE—6% of households are at the poverty threshold and earn $26,500 (for a home of 4 persons) or less. This means that a large percentage of Fauquier County ALICE households do not qualify for federal programs that could help alleviate the burden of some of their monthly expenses, such as food and healthcare. 

To further illustrate the financial struggle of an ALICE household, let’s simulate a family of four and assume two adults are jointly earning the average income for the region of $92,145 (state average: $72,577) and supporting two children. According to the fiscal year 2021 Fair Market Rent, our example ALICE family needs to earn an annual income of $70,600 to afford a two-bedroom rental. Thus, the cost of housing alone wipes out approximately 76% of this family’s household income, leaving minimal each month to cover the cost of food, childcare, healthcare, utilities, transportation and other incidentals.  

By partnering with United Way NCA, nonprofits, academic institutions, corporations, and other state organizations are using the ALICE data to stimulate meaningful discussion and inform strategies for positive change. Your United Way NCA is part of that change. We are using this data to inform our goals, strategies and programs that help create more equitable access to health, education and economic opportunity. We hope to gain your support, partnerships and advocacy as we practice equity and as we look ahead. We believe that when none are ignored, all will thrive. 

To learn more about ALICE, please visit www.unitedwaynca.org/ALICE. 

Rosie Allen-Herring

President and CEO, United Way of the National Capital Area

2020 was a year marked by hardships and challenges, but the Fauquier community has proven resilient. The Fauquier Times is honored to serve as your community companion. To say thank you for your continued support, we’d like to offer all our subscribers -- new or returning --

4 WEEKS FREE DIGITAL AND PRINT ACCESS.

We understand the importance of working to keep our community strong and connected. As we move forward together into 2021, it will take commitment, communication, creativity, and a strong connection with those who are most affected by the stories we cover.

We are dedicated to providing the reliable, local journalism you have come to expect. We are committed to serving you with renewed energy and growing resources. Let the Fauquier Times be your community companion throughout 2021, and for many years to come.

Subscribe

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

The future of Fauquier Times now depends on community support. Your donation will help us continue to improve our journalism through in-depth local news coverage and expanded reader engagement.

Keeping you connected to the Community. Find or Submit your local event here..