Every day in our community, hardworking families struggle to afford basic household necessities. They face impossible decisions — like whether to pay rent or buy groceries — and one unexpected bill can leave them financially devastated.
ALICE is a United Way acronym that stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. We use this term to identify those who earn incomes above the federal poverty level but still can’t afford basic needs like housing, food, transportation, child care and health care.
The United Way ALICE Project is a nationwide effort to quantify and describe these households. In collaboration with 21 states and more than 648 United Ways, the ALICE Project reports data on household budgets, demographics, employment opportunities, housing affordability, public and private assistance, and other critical economic factors.
At United Way of Greater Stark County, we use ALICE research to shine a light on the financial instability that exists in our community — a far broader problem than traditional poverty measurements currently show. This research can inform our discussions as we work to find solutions.