A new report by the University of Washington-Seattle has found that a family of four needs over $70,000 a year just to survive in Philadelphia, while those living in Montgomery County need nearly $16,000 more, writes Alfred Lubrano for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
To survive without help in Montgomery County, a household of two adults, a preschooler, and a school-age child need to bring in $86,047 annually.
This budget is designed to cover the most basic needs of the entire family without the help of subsidies or private assistance.
In Montgomery County, this includes $1,270 per month for housing, $2,181 for child care, $685 for health-related expenses, $881 for food, $568 for transportation, $559 for miscellaneous expenses, and $1,460 for taxes.
“The $86,000 in Montgomery County sounds like a lot,” said Britt Peterson, food resource director for Manna on Main Street. “But it’s expensive to live out here.”
She added that most of clients of the Lansdale-based food bank and family-assistance center work two jobs and are still not able to earn enough to sustain a family.“
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