It was two years ago when Connecticut’s United Ways first introduced ALICE in our state. ALICE is a United Way acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed – hard working people who still struggle to make ends meet. Ever since, United Ways have been working to “put a face on ALICE” and to lead efforts to help ALICE families achieve financial security in our communities. We are gratified by the response to ALICE, including from many community leaders like you.
A new ALICE Update Report, soon to be released, indicates that 38 percent of households in Connecticut are on a financial tightrope – up slightly (3 percent) from the amount in the original ALICE Report. The new report calculates an updated “Household Survival Budget,” which amounts to $22,656 for single adults and $70,788 for two adults, an infant and a preschooler. The new ALICE report also takes a closer look at ALICE households along demographic lines, and documents trends impacting ALICE and other struggling households. The report invites fuller consideration of:
- How technology is making some jobs obsolete and creating opportunities in other occupations;
- How the growth in the “gig economy” and on-demand employment (e.g. Uber, temp agencies, etc.) impact ALICE workers;
- How a growing number of Americans are vulnerable to financial shocks or emergencies because they cannot save enough;
- And, more.
ALICE lives in every city and town in Connecticut. ALICE plays by the rules and works hard in numerous occupations that we could not live without: our child care workers; our mechanics; our store clerks and office assistants; our security workers; and, home health aides. ALICE is our friend, neighbor, co-worker, and family member.
Please join Connecticut’s United Ways as we continue the dialogue around how to help more than 504,000 households who earn less than the bare minimum needed to cover the basic necessities in Connecticut.
We hope you will join us in raising awareness about ALICE, and encouraging community leaders to be part of the effort to provide opportunities for ALICE families to succeed and to thrive in our state.
Download the 2016 ALICE Update Report
Richard J. Porth, CEO, United Way of Connecticut
(860) 571-7501 Richard.Porth@ctunitedway.org