ALICE® is a United Way acronym that stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed and represents those individuals and families who are working but still struggling to make ends meet.
Your child care worker, the cashier at your supermarket, the salesperson at your big box store, your waitress, a home health aide, an office clerk... anyone can be living under the ALICE threshold. These hard-working households cannot always pay the bills, have little or nothing to put into savings and are forced to make tough choices such as deciding between quality child care or paying the rent. One unexpected car repair or medical bill or global pandemic can push these financially strapped families over the edge.
HOW IS THE ALICE REPORT RELEVANT TODAY?
ALICE data remains vital to the story of our communities: the problems and challenges facing ALICE households now are the same ones we have been measuring, analyzing, and highlighting over the last decade.