Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed
This groundbreaking United Way ALICE Report uses a modest “survival budget” to set an ALICE Threshold that will help us better understand the ALICE population in Florida; a population that is often overlooked. They work hard, live above the Federal Poverty Level, and still cannot consistently afford the basics of housing, food, health care, child care, and transportation.
It's not just unemployment, it is underemployment. Florida now faces an economy dominated by low-paying jobs. 69 percent of jobs pay less than $20 per hour, with the majority paying between $10 and $15 per hour.
The Report adds greater depth to our understanding of the people in our communities who live each day one crisis away from falling into poverty. We all depend on and meet ALICE every day behind cash registers, fixing our cars, serving us in restaurants and stores, and caring for our young and our elderly, among many others. Despite working, often at more than one job, ALICE earns too little for a sustainable lifestyle. No matter how hard these individuals work, an every-increasing number are not making it and their kids, your neighbors, and our communities will pay the price in the long run.
We challenge stakeholders to consider the ALICE Reports and their measures as an opportunity for a new dialogue around how to make our communities viable places to live and work.
1.1 million households with income below the Federal Poverty Level, but also 2.1 million ALICE households, which have income above the FPL but below the ALICE Threshold.
United Way of Indian River County has always served this population and is acutely aware of the near crisis situations so many people are living in. Most of United Way funded programs serve ALICE, some specifically target these individuals and families.