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Dionicio Diaz, 76, and his wife Sara, 70, live off his retirement income of $845 a month. Their rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Sharpstown is $700 a month. His latest prescription medication cost $40.

“Sometimes there isn’t enough left over to buy food,” Diaz said.

They are just one of the nearly 45 percent of households in the Sharpstown and Chinatown areas struggling to afford necessities.
Houston Chronicle

The report released Tuesday puts those residents into a category researchers call ALICE: asset limited, income constrained, and employed. That means people earn more than the federal poverty level and too much to receive public assistance to meet needs like housing, child care, food, transportation and health care. They are often just one car repair or sick child away from financial disaster, the report says.

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