According to a recent survey conducted by the Urban Institute, about 40 percent of American families are struggling to meet at least one of their basic needs. Even with a strong economy, many families have trouble paying for food, health care, housing or utilities, the nonprofit research organization noted in a report issued this week.
The report found food insecurity was the most common challenge. More than 23 percent of households struggled to feed their family at some point during the year, followed closely by 18 percent who had trouble paying a medical bill. The report found that among households with at least one working adult; more than 30 percent reported a hardship.