40 percent (four out of 10) families in our region struggle to make ends meet. ALICE is a United Way coined acronym that stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. ALICE families are working, in some cases multiple jobs but are still living below the basic cost of living in Connecticut, now known as the Household Survival Budget.
As a result, ALICE households are walking a financial tightrope. ALICE households often have a difficult time establishing savings and are vulnerable to unexpected expenses, such as medical emergencies or car repairs. In our region a family of four with one infant and one preschooler would need to make up to $79,000 per year in order to afford the basics. The ALICE Household Budget covers food, housing, health care, child care, technology and transportation.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Your gift to United Way matters. This year, we’ll continue to invest in programs, services and initiatives that have a direct effect on the household budgets of ALICE families. Our goal is to increase the number of people served this year.
Your contribution to the United Way ALICE Fund provides the opportunity for local ALICE households to:
- participate in quality early childhood education programs so that they enter kindergarten on track and ready to learn;
- obtain financial management skills like how to create and stick to a budget; access income supports; and/or get a job; and,
- access healthy food and increased food security through regional food banks and nutrition programs, such as Meals on Wheels.