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ALICE earns above the Federal Poverty Level, but does not earn enough to afford a bare-bones household budget of housing, child care, food, transportation, health care, and necessary technology.

What does ALICE stand for?

ALICE is a United Way acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. “Employed” is the critical word.


ALICE  is a hardworking member of the community who is employed yet does not earn enough to afford the basic necessities of life due to high costs and factors often beyond their control. For many, a small emergency can quickly become a major financial crisis. Car repairs and health-care emergencies, to name just a few, can plunge these working families over the edge into poverty and financial chaos. When this happens, families, employers, and our economy suffer.

By the Numbers

A study of financial hardship in Florida

This report includes all Florida counties.


The following video created in 2017 by United Way of Manatee County, currently United Way Suncoast, does an excellent job of bringing ALICE to life. *Statistics may have changed since the publication of this video.

Carter Elliot

Director, Financial Stability

Office: 904-390-3237