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Study: One-quarter of Maryland families above federal poverty line, but can't afford basic essentials

Study: One-quarter of Maryland families above federal poverty line, but can't afford basic essentials

A quarter of Maryland families — more than half a million households — live above the federal poverty level but "below a basic survival threshold," according to a report released Monday by the United Way.

The nonprofit's Study of Financial Hardship focused on families who rely on low-wage jobs earning incomes above the $23,550 federal poverty level but below the United Way's calculated "survival budget" of $61,224 for a two-child family.

Service workers, security guards, janitors and other "everyday people" working hourly jobs comprise this "ALICE" category (for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed), said Franklyn...

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