A new United Way study says nearly half of working households in Southwest Virginia cannot afford basic necessities.
The United Way ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) report is a comprehensive study to look at financial need and the population across the region. The ALICE population represents men, women, and families who work and earn more than the official "Federal Poverty Level," but less than the basic cost of living.
The households don't qualify for government aid or social service programs.
Officials for the United Way said structural economic changes will be needed to bring down the cost of living.