Have you met ALICE?

A Study of Financial Hardship in Connecticut
This fall, Connecticut United Ways will unveil their first statewide ALICE Report, a data-driven, comprehensive research project upending the conventional view of our state. The fact is that the number of Connecticut households who are unable to afford life’s basic necessities far exceeds the official federal poverty statistics. United Way calls this newly revealed demographic ALICE, an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.


ALICE represents the many people we know who get up each day to go to work, but who aren’t sure if they’ll be able to put dinner on the table each night. ALICE is your child care worker, home health aide, store clerk, and office assistant – all workers essential to you and to our community’s success.

Before this report, ALICE was a population and community issue without a name or face. While it is true that ALICE has existed long before this study, the release of this report provides us a way to quantify and identify these households.

ALICE Needs Your Help
We all have a vested interest in improving conditions for ALICE – their everyday struggles reach beyond personal trials to impact the wider community. Click here to download the ALICE Report this and join the community dialogue around these issues. By raising awareness about ALICE and stimulating a fresh dialogue among residents and leaders, we can, together, improve the overall health of our communities.