| Working Poor Struggle
||Program of the Month
Along with retired persons, the majority of the people that NORWESCAP serves are the “working poor.” They often work in retail sales, cashiers and laborer positions which all have median wages that pay less than $12 per hour. Many of these jobs will be replaced by technology. Costs are far outpacing wages for most service jobs. Low wages are projected to grow faster than high-wage jobs over the next decade. In a recent report by one of our community partners, the United Way identified some of these and other trends about the ALICE population (Asset Limited Income Restrained and Employed). See - http://www.unitedwayalice.org/documents/16UW%20ALICE%20Report_NJUpdate_Lowres_12.13.16.pdf. The report also lists facts that compound the situation; 37% of New Jersey households can’t make ends meet, ALICE families spend 24% of their income on housing and child care is the highest monthly expense for ALICE rising 16% since 2007.
The report breaks the data down by county starting on page 61. The cost of living is based on housing, child care, food, health care and transportation. In order to live in our counties, it takes an hourly wage way above $12 per hour. For a family with a preschooler and infant, the living wages are; Hunterdon-$40.58, Morris-$34.51, Somerset-$40.04, Sussex-$34.85 and Warren-$31.71. With facts like these, you can see the role of agencies like NORWESCAP to provide some additional help to assist your neighbors in making ends meet. To find out how you can help, visit our website at www.norwescap.org.
The NORWESCAP Family Success Center is a one-stop shop for family resources for any family/individual
that resides in Warren County and is part of a large statewide network of over 55 centers in the State of
NJ funded by the Department of Children and Families. With no eligibility requirements or fees, the
Family Success Center has something to offer everyone and is constantly seeking to respond to the
current needs in the community. The FSC is the perfect place to start if you are seeking assistance, want
to get involved in your community, or are looking for educational and fun opportunities for yourself
and/or your family.
|News and Upcoming Events
On-Going Monthly Activities - 2017-12-30
Cops n Kids Reading Room - 2017-12-29
Save-The-Date; Grand Harvest Wine & Music Festival - 2017-09-24
FREE Job and College Fair - 2017-05-11
NEED HELP PAYING ENERGY BILLS? - 2017-04-30
Creating an I.S.E. (Improving Self-Esteem) Action Plan - 2017-04-11