Resolving Conflict & Improving Lives, Since 1996

THE NEED TO STRENGHTEN FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS



Pittsburgh has one of the highest concentrations of delinquent.  Our targeted school communities also have proportionately more grade retention and dropout rates than 20 other middle and high schools surveyed in Pittsburgh by the State of Pennsylvania. Fully 30% of Pittsburgh Public Schools have violent and delinquent problems. Due to poor family relationships, severe disabilities and limited resources in effectively addressing delinquency, students have an extremely difficult time in finding effective help needed to successfully compete academically. Our low-income communities in Lincoln/Lemington/Belmar Garden's doesn't have a spacious central meeting space with amenities and free parking to mobilize and engage neighborhoods to come together to address and solve this critical issue as well as access programming that will help the families of these children obtain self-sufficiency. These families are going to work but are still struggling to survive. Even those that may earn more than the official Federal Poverty Level, still cannot afford the basic necessities for their family. NCM has generated solutions to help engage communities and help these families on their path to financial stability.

National Research Center for Healthy Marriage and Families shows that healthy relationships affect the economic well-being of children, adults, and families in several important ways:

  • Households that include two adults generally have a higher level of economic well-being, while unmarried adults have a lower level of economic well-being. Research shows that both divorce and unmarried childbearing increase the economic vulnerability of both children and mothers, with the effects of family structure on poverty remaining, even after controlling for race and family background.
  • The Interpersonal skills that strengthen families are also transferable to the workplace. For example, communication and conflict management skills are the foundation of healthy couple relationships, but they are also important to coworkers who must work in teams, navigate daily challenges, and interact with customers.


City of Pittsburgh: 134,820     Poverty Rate: 39%

"United Way of Pennsylvania launched a statewide data project, ALICE, which provides a comprehensive measure of financial hardship across our state. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. The ALICE report tells the story of our community members who are going to work but are still struggling to survive, through a standardized methodology that assesses the cost of living in every county. ALICE is our neighbors, friends and family who may earn more than the official Federal Poverty Level, but still cannot afford the basic necessities for their family. ALICE lives in every county in Pennsylvania. Equipped with this data, the Pennsylvania network of United Ways will convene, advocate and innovate in our local communities to highlight the issues faced by ALICE households, and to generate solutions which help them on their path to financial stability.

What types of households   Household Types by Income, 2017

The way Americans live is changing. There are many different family and living combinations - more than ever before. More adults are living alone, with roommates, or with their parents. Families with children are changing: There are more non-married cohabiting parents, same-sex parents, and blended families with remarried parents. The number of senior households is also increasing. Yet all types of households continue to struggle: ALICE and poverty­ level households exist across all of these living arrangements"

Why do so many households struggle?

The cost of living continues to increase... The Household Survival Budget reflects the bare minimum that a household needs to live and work today. It does not include savings for emergencies or future goals like college. Family costs increased by 22 percent statewide from 2010 to 2017. 

.. .and wages lag behind

Employment and wages vary by location and firm size, but across the state, wages are still often less than the cost of the family Household Survival Budget."

Monthly Costs

 

 

Housing

$566

$822

Child Care

$-

$1,457

Food

$199

$604

Transportation

$80

$134

Health Care

$158

$596

Technology

$55

$75

Miscellaneous

$125

$411

Taxes

$187

$426

Monthly Total

$1,370

$4,525

ANNUAL TOTAL

$16,440

$54 ,300

Hourly Wage

$8.22

$27.15


ALLEGHENY COUNTY, PA 2017

ALICE HOUSEHOLD SURVIVAL BUDGET

 

$566

$657

$657

$657

$822

$822

 

$

$

$263

$755

$527

$1,457

 

$199

$414

$345

$288

$692

$604

 

$80

$80

$80

$80

$134

$134

 

$158

$316

$316

$316

$641

$596

 

$125

$181

$185

$241

$307

$411

 

$55

$75

$55

$55

$75

$75

 

$187

$270

$136

$257

$184

$426

 

$1,370

$1,993

$2,037

$2,649

$3,382

$4,525

 

$16,440

$23,916

$24,444

$31,788

$40,584

$54,300

 

$8.22

$11.96

$12.22

$15.89

$20.29

$27.15

Note: The budgets reflect different costs based on the age of children in the household; full-day care for infants and preschoolers (4-year -old) and after school care for school-age children. To create budgets for additional family types: For an additional infant, increase the total budget by 20 percent; for an additional 4-year-old , by 19 percent; and for a school-age child, by 8 percent.

Sources:  BLS, 2017—Consumer Expenditure Surveys; Consumer Reports, 2017Best Low-Cost Ce/I-Phone; HUD, 2017 Fair Market Rents; IRS, 2017 SOI Tax Stats; Office of Child Development and Early Learning, 2018; Tax Foundation, 2017, 2018; USDA, 2017 Official USDA Food Plans.

ALICE HOUSEHOLD STABILITY BUDGET

 

$821

$1,028

$1,028

$1,028

$1,053

$1,053

 

$

$

$327

$1,019

$655

$1,892

 

$379

$770

$675

$524

$1,358

$1,174

 

$161

$462

$462

$462

$770

$770

 

$158

$320

$298

$298

$635

$801

 

$163

$271

$290

$344

$460

$582

 

$163

$271

$290

$344

$460

$582

 

$109

$129

$109

$109

$129

$129

 

$420

$628

$541

$669

$1,259

$1,668

 

$2,374

$3,879

$4,020

$4,797

$6,779

$8,651

 

$28,488

$46,548

$48,240

$57,564

$81,348

$103,812

 

$14.24

$23.27

$24.12

$28.78

$40.67

$51.91

Note: The budgets reflect different costs based on the age of children in the household; full-day care for infants and preschoolers (4-year-old) and after school care for school-age children. To create budgets for additional family types: For an additional infant, increase the total budget by 16 percent; for an additional 4-year-old, by 14 percent; and for a school-age child, by 6 percent.

Sources:  BLS, 2017—Consumer Expenditure Surveys; Consumer Reports, 2017Best Low-Cost Ce/I-Phone; HUD, 2017 Fair Market Rents; IRS, 2016 Individual Income; IRS, 2017 SOI Tax Stats; Office of Child Development and Early Learning, 2018; Tax Foundation, 2017, 2018; Telogical Systems, 2016; USDA, 2017 Official USDA Food Plans. Reference: UnitedForALICE.org




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