When the coronavirus pandemic struck, thousands of New Jersey households were already highly vulnerable to any financial hit. With the arrival of COVID-19, the loss of jobs and wages was devastating for some.
The United Way has released its biannual report on those who live just above the poverty level, or who are considered Asset Limited, Income Constrained and Employed (ALICE). It underlines how, even before the public health crisis, many families weren’t set up for survival. Correspondent Leah Mishkin has the story.