ORLANDO, Fla. — A new report says Central Florida families are struggling to afford just the basics.
According to numbers released Monday by the Heart of Florida United Way, a family of four would need to make $93,000 a year to make ends meet.
United Way officials discussed the “State of Our Families” report at its annual breakfast.
The report found that 39% of local families made more than the federal poverty line.
The group said many low-wage workers who lost their jobs during the pandemic switched careers in search of a bigger pay check.
“Working for minimum wage on their feet all day wasn’t the lifestyle they wanted, a lot of folks have re-directed, pivoted in their careers,” said Jeff Hayward, president and CEO of Heart of Florida United Way.
The group also said the least you could make to survive in Central Florida is $29,000 a year, and that some workers have to work three jobs just to survive.
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