What does it mean to be living as ALICE?
ALICE® is a United Way acronym that stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed and represents those individuals and families who are working but still struggling to make ends meet.
Your child care worker, the cashier at your supermarket, the salesperson at your big box store, your waitress, a home health aide, an office clerk... anyone can be living under the ALICE threshold. These hard-working households cannot always pay the bills, have little or nothing to put into savings and are forced to make tough choices such as deciding between quality child care or paying the rent. One unexpected car repair or medical bill or global pandemic can push these financially strapped families over the edge.
HOW IS THE ALICE REPORT RELEVANT TODAY?
COVID -19 has impacted many lives, especially those who work in the restaurant industry. Jessie knows this all too well! She, like countless others, were directed not to come into work amid the COVID-19 safety precautions and restaurant shutdown, in March 2020. Jessie applied for unemployment, but applications were backed
Sleeping in a makeshift bedroom in her mom’s garage with no central heat or air wasn’t where Lauren Polen pictured herself at the age of 30…
When five-year-old Ryland Graves brings home an invitation to a friend’s birthday party, her mom Taylor has a tough decision to make…
ALICE REPORT SPONSORS AND PARTNERS
Twenty One Local United Ways from throughout the state of Virginia have come together to produce the Virginia ALICE Report; along with the generous financial backing from sponsors Compare.com and partners Virginia Community Colleges System, Atlantic Union Bank, and Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics.