The ALICE Project
Are You ALICE?
Rappahannock United Way is working with United Ways throughout the state on a data report of financial hardship in Virginia. This is the ALICE Report – ALICE stands for Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed.
ALICE households earn more than the official US poverty level but less than the basic cost of living – in other words households who are working in needed jobs that don’t pay enough to afford the basics necessities, including housing, food, childcare, health care, and transportation..
Examples are child care providers, home health aides, mechanics, retail workers, service providers, store clerks or office assistants. ALICE can be a new graduate just starting out, a young family, or a retiree. Some households become ALICE due to an unforeseen life event: a life-altering health diagnosis, job loss, or family crisis such as a death or divorce.
ALICE often doesn’t qualify for governmental aid or social service programs, so they are virtually invisible to the system, their struggle unseen and unknown.
What is ALICE?
Alice is a project that focuses on community members who are Asset Limited, Income Constrained, and Employed.
The United Way ALICE Project is the umbrella of work to both reveal and address the needs of this population. The project includes research, United Way ALICE Reports, the National ALICE Advisory Council, Research Advisory Committees, the ALICE Learning Community, and the local community impact work to address the needs of this population.
The ALICE Report
United Way ALICE Report is the official name of the body of research published for the state of Virginia, and designed to inform service efforts by nonprofits, government and others. The ALICE Report for Virginia will be available in July, 2017.