HAVE YOU MET ALICE?
On many levels, Greater Stark County is an affluent county – one with high median incomes, quality schools, and prosperous corporations. But look a little more closely at almost any Greater Stark County community and you will find that within this affluence, a growing number of people are barely getting by. 38% of Greater Stark County households cannot afford the basic necessities. In nearly 151,727 Greater Stark County households, people of all ages and races go to work each day but still can’t be sure they’ll be able to put dinner on the table each night. These people include your child care worker, mechanic, home health aide, and office assistant – workers essential to the success of all our communities.
THE NEW FACE OF HARDSHIP
A United Way study that started in Morris County New Jersey and has now expanded to cover fifteen states identifies this population as ALICE – an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. ALICE lives, works, and pays taxes, in every community in Greater Stark County but still can’t make ends meet. ALICE is a hidden population: hardworking households who earn more than the Federal Poverty Level but not enough to afford the basic cost of living. The number of Greater Stark County ALICE households far exceeds federal poverty statistics. And ALICE’s struggles affect not just single households, but whole communities. The 2015 United Way ALICE Reports for Greater Stark County put a name and a face to this struggling population. They offer a new way to talk about ALICE households and the challenges they face – and new tools to help them move toward financial stability.
ALICE NEEDS YOUR HELP
We all have a vested interest in improving conditions for ALICE. When ALICE can’t afford the basics, the costs are high both for these families and for the wider community. Join the new conversation around these issues and download the 2015 United Way ALICE Report for Greater Stark County (link is below). By raising awareness about ALICE and stimulating a fresh dialogue among community members and leaders, together we can provide ALICE with new opportunities to succeed.
HOW MANY HOUSEHOLDS ARE STRUGGLING?
There are 39,449 ALICE households in Greater Stark County (26%) — with income above the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) but below a basic cost-of-living threshold. This new method for measuring hardship reveals a far broader and more serious problem than previously thought.
UNITED WAY OF GREATER STARK COUNTY ALICE INFORMATION