A new report says a large percentage of the Hudson Valley can't afford basic life necessities.

The United Way's ALICE Project is a nationwide effort that finds out the number of households struggling to make ends meet.

ALICE, which stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, represents a hardworking member of your community who is employed yet does not earn enough to afford the basic necessities of life, according to the United Way.

The United Way considers someone ALICE if they earn above federal poverty level, but not enough to afford a bare-bones household budget of housing, child care, food, transportation, and healthcare.

"ALICE cannot always pay the bills, has little or nothing in savings, and is forced to make tough choices such as deciding between quality child care or paying the rent. One unexpected car repair or medical bill can push these financially strapped families over the edge," the United Way wrotes on it's ALICE website.

According to the United Way, ALICE is a new measure which provides a more accurate picture of financial insecurity at the state and county level.

Below is the ALICE results for counties in the Hudson Valley:

Dutchess County

  • Poverty: 9%
  • ALICE: 27%
  • Above ALICE: 64%

Orange County

  • Poverty: 11%
  • ALICE: 36%
  • Above ALICE: 53%

Ulster County

  • Poverty: 11 %
  • ALICE: 30%
  • Above ALICE: 59%

Putnam County

  • Poverty: 5%
  • ALICE: 28%
  • Above ALICE: 67%

Sullivan County

  • Poverty: 18%
  • ALICE: 32%
  • Above ALICE: 50%

Westchester County

  • Poverty: 11%
  • ALICE: 29%
  • Above ALICE: 60%

Columbia County

  • Poverty: 11%
  • ALICE: 29%
  • Above ALICE: 60%

Rockland County

  • Poverty: 11%
  • ALICE: 37%
  • Above ALICE: 52%

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