Greenwich Time Rutgers: A paycheck away from homelessness

by Alma Rutgers 11/21/2014 

Who is ALICE?

We all know and encounter ALICE everyday. ALICE provides services we depend upon. ALICE could be a secretary, salesperson, food service worker, nursing assistant, landscaper, cleaning person, or personal care aide.

ALICE is an acronym for “Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.” ALICE households are working households whose members hold jobs that do not pay enough to afford basic necessities: housing, childcare, food, health care, and transportation. ALICE households have incomes above the U.S. poverty level but below the bare minimum for economic survival in a given area. ALICE households, together with poverty households, constitute a population that’s in a constant struggle to make ends meet.

“They are in perpetual danger of falling into homelessness,” said Jason Shaplen, CEO of Stamford-based Inspirica, the largest provider of services to the homeless in Fairfield County.

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