ALICE® Awareness Week: November 15-19, 2021
As millions of households across Virginia continue to struggle to maintain financial stability in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Rappahannock United Way is bringing attention to the thousands of families in our area who are unable to afford the basics for survival, despite working.
ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) is a way of defining and understanding the struggles of households that earn above the Federal Poverty Level, but not enough to afford a basic household budget. Rappahannock United Way provided over $2.6 MILLION in rent and mortgage relief to 625 local ALICE households over the last year (July 2020-June 2021), but our work doesn't stop there.
ALICE is your child care worker, the cashier at your supermarket, the gas attendant, the salesperson at your big box store, your restaurant server, a home health aide, an office clerk. ALICE cannot always pay the bills, has little or nothing in savings, and is forced to make tough choices such as deciding between quality child care or paying the rent. One unexpected car repair or medical bill can push these financially strapped families over the edge.
Join us from November 15-19, 2021 as we raise awareness of the financially vulnerable households in our area during ALICE Awareness Week.
2020 ALICE Report
When COVID-19 hit, nearly 1.3 million Virginia households were already one emergency away from financial ruin — a 10-year record high — setting the stage for the unprecedented economic impact of the crisis, according to the state’s latest ALICE Report, released by United Ways of Virginia, in partnership with United For ALICE.
Over the last decade, Virginia’s low-income families systematically lost buying power and financial stability as the high cost of essentials outpaced wages, driving the number of ALICE households to rise 59 percent by 2018, the report shows.
ALICE data remains vital to the story of our communities: the problems and challenges facing ALICE households now are the same ones we have been measuring, analyzing, and highlighting over the last decade.
VIRGINIA ALICE REPORT 2020
ALICE Statistics in Our Community
2020 was a year for renewed and heightened focus on racial equity. The number of households in Virginia living below the ALICE threshold is 39%, yet for Black households, that number is much higher at 55% and continues to increase.
Poverty and racism have been inextricably connected throughout history. The ALICE Report shines a light on this issue locally and helps us more accurately measure and track the economic impact of that link.
Visit UNITEDforALICE.org/Virginia for more information.
Want to help raise awareness of ALICE?
- Read the 2020 ALICE in Virginia report, which provides data to understand the number of ALICE households in Virginia and how things have changed over time.
- Make sure you are following Rappahannock United Way on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube to view and share ALICE Awareness Week content.
- BE THERE FOR ALICE! If you would like more information about how to get involved with Rappahannock United Way's efforts to support ALICE contact: Sarah Walsh, Chief Impact Officer - firstname.lastname@example.org
You can change lives by making a donation online. Every dollar fuels our ALICE Assistance Fund.