Imagine the Possibilities
Thriving communities begin with thriving families!
Do you believe that every one of us deserves to live in a community that is prospering, safe, clean, educated, united, culturally diverse and inclusive, progressive, and healthy? Do you believe that no child should go hungry and that every senior citizen should be able to grow old with grace and a strong quality of life? Do you believe that hardworking families should do more than just survive? Do you believe that every young person deserves a quality education that prepares them for the future? So do we.
How many working families in Lake County are on the edge of survival?
1 in 4 households / 43,860 -------- 25%
What happens when ends don’t meet?
To manage their day-to-day survival, families on the edge of survival often use short-term strategies that are detrimental in the long run. These families are our neighbors and they have to make difficult choices to reduce their expenses—such as missing a visit to the doctor, skipping meals, or not making critical bill payments—any of which may have long-term consequences such as poor performance in school, poor health, major debt, and larger bills in the future.
Why are working people financially unstable?
“Indiana’s cost of living is beyond what most jobs in the state can provide to working households.”
– ALICE™ Study of Financial Hardship
Low wage jobs do not allow families to save for emergencies, save for the future, or build financial stability. The cost of living has increased and wages haven’t kept pace. The hardworking person you may know on the edge of survival could be working as a childcare worker, a retail salesperson, a housekeeping staff person, a cashier, a fast food worker, a stock clerk—or one of many other positions.
What does it take for a family in Lake County to survive?
In Lake County, affording the basic necessities—housing, child care, food, transportation, health care, other necessities, and taxes cost a family of four $51,156 per year—or $17,184 per year for a single adult.
United Way is in the development stage of an innovative technology tool specifically targeting ALICE households – “Resource Round Up.” The Resource Round Up app will allow ALICE families to quickly locate community programs/services that they qualify for, find a quality child care provider and connect to critical early learning supports if they have children under the age of 5. Additionally, the app will provide an immediate notification system through SMS text messaging that can be utilized to inform ALICE households of new resources, community programs and/or events.
Laying the Foundation: United for Families Network
Lake Area United Way is a collaborator, a convener and a catalyst for community change. As a backbone organization, Lake Area United Way will guide the collective group in developing vision and strategy, support aligned activities, establish shared measurement practices, build public will, advance policy, and mobilize funding. We will fuel solutions that drive measurable, lasting change that benefits the entire community.
United for Families Network is focused on fulfilling four key objectives:
4) Coordinate: Facilitate improved service delivery systems among providers and organizations in an effort to reduce duplication of services, maximize existing community resources, and improve access to support services and programs.
Lake Area United Way will deploy the following strategies to support the United for Families Network objectives:
5) Leverage network collaborations to attract new revenue streams to provide increased support to ALICE households.
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