The Hidden Financial Struggles of Frederick City Residents: A Forum to Address the Findings of the ALICE Report
United Way of Frederick County and the League of Women Voters of Frederick County will host a General Election Forum for City of Frederick candidates on Thursday, October 12. The forum will begin at 6 pm. at the Bernard W. Brown Community Center.
Candidates will respond to questions on a central theme: The Hidden Financial Struggle of City Residents. All questions will address the findings of the ALICE Report and its impact on City of Frederick residents. Earlier this year, United Way of Maryland released the findings of the ALICE Report, a study of financial hardship across the state, with county-by-county breakdowns. ALICE is an acronym for Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed. ALICE households have income above the Federal Poverty Level but not high enough to sustain a basic household budget.
The report found that 32% of Frederick County households struggled to afford basic necessities. In the City of Frederick alone, 43% of its hardworking individuals and families cannot make ends meet to remain financially stable and self-sufficient. Questions at the general election forum will allow voters to hear how each candidate would tackle this critical problem.
Dr. Michael Powell of Frederick Community College will moderate the forum, which is open to the general public, and both mayoral candidates and 9 out of 10 alderman candidates will be in attendance.
For more information about ALICE, visit Unitedwayfrederick.org/ALICE.
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