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. With ALICE and poverty populations combined, we know 38.6% -- more than one in three people -- in Northeast Florida struggle to make ends meet.
ALICE is a United Way acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.
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.
United Way believes too many people struggle every day in our community, pandemic or not, and it’s important to provide everyone an equal opportunity to succeed. Now, during COVID-19, when 211 calls have doubled year over year and unemployment is skyrocketing, it’s more important than ever to invest in United Way. Make a gift now to support the ALICE population and families in poverty.