The study uses what it calls ALICE or asset limited, income constrained, employed as criteria.
But study authors say that can be added to the estimated 15 percent of families living below the poverty line for a combined 40 percent of struggling households statewide.
Nancy Lindman is the Interim CEO of the Michigan Association of United Ways. She said income is a lot of the problem.
“When we look at what people are earning right now 62 percent are earning less than 20 dollars an hour and then 60 percent of those under 20 dollars an hour are paying less than 15 dollars an hour.”
Lindman said it’s important to bring attention to the scale of the problem.
She said stagnant wages and the rising costs of basic necessities have kept families below the ALICE threshold.