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?
Brittany is one of many whose COVID-19 lay off intensified an already precarious situation. A little over a year ago, she was unable to work due to complications from a serious car accident which had left her wheel chair bound. At the end of last year, she was cleared from
Jake currently works for a ride-hailing company as a driver. He’s great at his job and earns enough to support his family financially, while his wife supports the family as a stay-at-home parent. Tragedy struck earlier this month when their newborn son was diagnosed with COVID-19. Jake and his entire
The Greene family is your everyday dual income family of 5. They were always on top of their finances, until Mrs. Greene’s place of employment was forced to close due to COVID-19. Luckily, she was able to secure a new job after a few weeks of searching and interviewing. That
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.