ALICE, an acronym which stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, is a way of defining our families, neighbors, and colleagues who work hard, earn above the federal poverty level, but not enough to afford a basic household budget.
ALICE educates our children, keeps us healthy, and makes our quality of life possible. But these jobs, often in the service sector, do not pay enough for ALICE to live on. These families are forced to make tough choices, such as deciding between quality childcare or paying the rent, which have long-term consequences for ALICE and our communities. The future success of our communities is directly tied to the financial stability of ALICE households.
Click here to put yourself in ALICE’s shoes by picturing the impossible choices they make every single day.
United For ALICE provides a comprehensive and unbiased picture of financial hardship in Wisconsin. The ALICE in Action website provides examples of how United Ways, foundations, academic institutions, businesses, and other partners across sectors are turning data into action to make a difference for ALICE in their communities.
Solutions will take a multi-faceted approach from private and public sectors, as well as the community as a whole. United Way recognizes we need to go beyond singular or temporary fixes to create lasting change through a focus on the building blocks of a quality life: Health, Education, and Financial Stability.
The goal of the ALICE report is to initiate programs, practices, and policies improve access to affordable housing, high quality child care and education, healthy food, health care, transportation, workforce training, and more. To join United Way Fox Cities in our mission, you can Give, Advocate, and Volunteer.