Do you know the face of poverty? Meet ALICE

ALICE statistics graphicYou may not know it, but the answer is yes. In fact, you know many ALICEs. ALICE® is a United Way acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, and Employed. United Way of Pierce County partnered with the United Ways of Pacific Northwest to develop the ALICE report, providing a comprehensive  picture of financial need across Idaho, Washington and Oregon beyond traditional federal poverty guidelines. Before this study, ALICE was a population and community issue without a name or face.

ALICE represents the men and women of all ages and races 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 childcare worker, mechanic, home health aide, store clerk and office assistant – all workers essential to you and to our community’s success. Sadly, the number of Pierce County households who are living paycheck to paycheck, struggling to afford life’s basic necessities – far exceeds official federal poverty statistics. Despite the combination of ALICE’s wages and some public assistance, ALICE households still face an average 25 percent income gap in order to reach financial stability.