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Report: One-third of Wisconsin families struggling to afford basics

MADISON (WKOW) -- A new report shows about one-third of all households in Wisconsin struggle to afford the basics like housing, child care and food.

That's not even factoring in the impact of COVID-19.

Data from the United Way of Wisconsin shows 11-percent of households were living below the federal poverty line and 23-percent are ALICE households. ALICE stands for asset limited, income constrained, employed.

The executive director of the United Way of Wisconsin, Charlene Mouille, says the report is designed to give us an idea of how we can help our communities.

"We all need to understand what is happening for others around us and the things that are happening for me aren't necessarily true for those around me. So, check bias at the door and really try to seek understanding," she says.

The United Way says Wisconsin needs to find ways to make child care and health care more affordable.

The study is based on 2018 data, so it doesn't take into account any impact from COVID-19.

You can read more of the report here.

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