United Way is committed to ensuring that our communities are viable places to live and work. To do that, we promote current research, community dialogue, and data-driven policy solutions. These elements form the basis of one of United Way’s broadest and fastest-growing initiatives – the ALICE Project
Across Indiana, 37 percent of households struggle to afford the basic necessities of housing, child care, food, health care, and transportation. ALICE represents the men and women of all ages and races who get up each day to go to work, but who aren’t sure if they’ll be able to make ends meet. The Indiana Association of United Ways has partnered with five other states to bring data-driven research about ALICE, shorthand for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, to communities. These families are defined with low income, little or no savings, and steady jobs. The 61 members of the state association are mobilizing resources and investing in services to support families, but those families’ struggles are often hidden.
Nearly 25 percent of Allen County households fall below the ALICE threshold for financial stability. When ALICE and poverty level households are combined, 39 percent of households in Allen County are unable to make ends meet. So, despite the fact that ALICE families are employed, they still face a 23 percent gap in the income needed to afford the basics and survive.