We Need Targeted Legislation To Support The Local Economy

Apr. 22, 2021

Article by Civil Beat

…Back to our Hawaii family with eight kids: over 42% of Hawaii’s residents were just making ends meet prior to the pandemic, according to a study by Aloha United Way, and 33% were just above the poverty line. Most Hawaii families report working multiple jobs to make ends meet and multiple generations living under one roof to afford housing.

These families are called “asset limited, income constrained employed,” or ALICE families, living paycheck to paycheck with no cushion for emergencies. Their numbers have doubtlessly increased in number with the pandemic-related shutdowns...