A recent United Way study states that nearly 51 million households (43% of US households) do not earn enough to afford a monthly budget that includes housing, food, child care, health care, transportation and a cell phone. That number includes 16.1 million households living in poverty and 34.7 million families dubbed ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed). About 66% of US jobs pay less than $20 per hour.
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