United Way continues to partner with the community to help families become financially stable. How many households are unable to meet their basic needs? The Iowa Policy Project released an update to the “Cost of Living in Iowa” report. The report indicates that almost 23 percent of Iowa’s working households are currently earning incomes below what is required to meet their basic needs.
While a variety of household types struggle to make ends meet, nearly 3 out of 4 single parent households are falling short of what is needed. United Way and its community partners are working with low-income households, with a specific emphasis on single parents. We are working to help low-income households access their basic needs, stabilize, build work-related skills and increase their income to a sustainable level.
Click on the following links to learn more about the income required for households to meet their basic expenses.