At the United Way of Western Connecticut, we fight for the people in our region who work hard but struggle to make ends meet. Their hard-earned income barely covers essentials such as rent, food, utility bills, and transportation to and from work. We know from the 2020 Connecticut United Ways ALICE Report that 38 percent of Connecticut households were struggling to get by before the pandemic hit. Today, those numbers are far greater.
One way to help these struggling workers is through the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Child Tax Credit (CTC). Our region, and indeed all of Connecticut and the nation, are facing a severe economic crisis due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The EITC helps low-wage workers during this challenging time by encouraging work, boosting incomes, and reducing poverty among families with children.