Workers Affected by COVID-19 Layoffs Can Seek Help at Local Nonprofits
(Griffith, Indiana)—This week Lake Area United Way funded $500,000 to service providers that support working families who cannot make ends meet. In this gig economy, many workers, particularly hourly workers in service industries like restaurants, retail stores, and hotels are vulnerable to the effects of work closures due to COVID-19 precautions.
These workers can be described by the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) demographic. There are more than 40,000 ALICE households in Lake County, representing 22% of the population. People in this population earn more than the Federal Poverty Level, but not enough to afford a bare bones budget. Any financial shock (e.g., loss of job, medical bill, car repair) could send these families into poverty.
Lake Area United Way grants to nonprofits serving Lake County residents provide resources to meet basic needs of ALICE households as well as those in families in poverty. These grants support food/nutrition, rent/mortgage/utility assistance, prescription assistance, transportation costs, domestic violence shelter, legal services, financial education and savings incentives, and information and referral services.
Resources for Struggling, Working Families
Child Care/Back up Care Options
Tax Preparation Assistance
Coronavirus Information and Local Nonprofit Public Statements
Lake Area United Way mobilizes the caring power of the community to help struggling, working families) attain financial stability by (1) helping people access livable wage jobs, (2) supporting quality, affordable child care strategies that support working parents, and (3) funding providers who offer basic needs support for vulnerable, working families.
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