Some four out of 10 Palm Beach and Broward households are struggling to even afford basic necessities, according to a new report from United Way.
To determine the number of struggling households in the South Florida counties, United Way looked at federal, state and local income and expenses data, according to the Sun-Sentinel.
The agency found that throughout the six states it studied — Florida, New Jersey, California, Michigan, Connecticut and Indiana — up to half of households are forced to choose between paying their car insurance, rent or buying groceries.
In Palm Beach County, 12 percent – or 64,229 households — are in poverty. Another 29 percent, or 153,482 households, are working but struggling to afford basic needs.
In Broward, the percentage in poverty is 14 percent, or 90,321 households, while another 33 percent, or 219,512 households, are struggling.
[Sun-Sentinel] – Christopher Cameron