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Study: 40 percent of households not meeting needs

August 31, 2014
Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — A new study finds 40 percent of Michigan households with at least one worker don't make enough money to meet basic survival needs.

The report released Sunday focuses on people whose earnings are above the poverty line but still unable to cover expenses such as housing, transportation and health and child care. It's commissioned by the Michigan Association of United Ways.

The study says the households are 13 percent short of filling the gap between how much money its earners take home and what's needed to cover those expenses.

The report adds about 930,000 Michigan households fall within the category. The number reaches 1.5 million when those below the poverty line are added.

Officials say there's no single solution but the report should spur conversations with governments, nonprofits and businesses.



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