Have you met ALICE? You probably have. ALICE is your child care worker, retail clerk, housekeeping staff or office assistant.... all people who are essential to our success.
ALICE is also an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. ALICE is a way of defining and understanding families and individuals (men and women) who work hard, earn above the federal poverty level, but not enough to achieve basic financial stability; leaving them vulnerable to one unexpected life emergency to spiral them into poverty.
The United Way ALICE Project is a grass roots movement committed to improving the lives of ALICE households and strengthening our communities. United Way of Wisconsin, in partnership with the local United Way's in our state, has released the ALICE Report. The report is a data-driven, comprehensive research project that focuses on those individuals and families in our communities that are struggling to make ends meet.
In Wisconsin, 34% of households fall below the ALICE threshold. In Adams County, a staggering 43% of the population is ALICE. Almost half of households in the county lack the means to afford essentials like housing, childcare, food, transportation, and health care.