WHO IS ALICE?
ALICE represents the 30% of Indiana County residents who work, but struggle to make ends meet.
ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.
ALICE earns above the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), but makes less than what's needed to afford basic essentials. ALICE often earns too much to qualify for government assistance, and there is no room in ALICE's budget for emergency expenses. If you combine Indiana County's households earning below the ALICE Threshold with those living below the FPL, that's 45% of Indiana County households who face financial hardship every day, in every community in our county.
ALICE IN FOCUS: CHILDREN
The number of children growing up in financial hardship in Indiana County has been systemically undercounted. Many ALICE families earn too much to be eligible for public assistance but still struggle to meet the basic needs for their children. ALICE households are much more likely to lack stable housing, quality child care/early education, private health insurance, and home internet access, yet they still don't qualify for many public assistance programs. When these necessities are at-risk, there are both short - and long-term consequences for children below the ALICE threshold. Let's look further into the resources that ALICE children lack in our community.
SUPPORTING ALICE IN OUR COMMUNITY
The United Way of Indiana County is committed to lifting up ALICE through community programs and advocacy.
- PA 211: Through this program, we connect families to local programs that can help them with their individual needs. We also document unmet needs so communities can plan strategies for the future.
- Advocacy: United Ways speak up for policies that ensure all PA families are able to work toward financial stability.
- Partnerships: Our local level partnerships and programs are able to address the unique needs of each individual community in our county, understanding the solutions that will work there.
- ALICE Report: In early, 2021 United Way of Pennsylvania presented a data refresh to the ALICE Report, allowing us to understand more recent circumstances in our area.
Equipped with these tools, we are able to advocate and innovate in our local area to highlight the issues faced by ALICE households, and we generate solutions to help ALICE on their path to financial stability.
Want to explore the ALICE data further? Check out the United For Alice website to see county-specific visual data on demographics, the labor force, resource gaps, and more.
THE ALICE REPORTS