ALICE: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed
Did you know that in Florida, 67 percent of jobs pay less than $20 per hour, with three-quarters of those paying less than $15 per hour? Another 27 percent of jobs pay between $20 and $40 per hour? Yet, a bare-minimum Household Survival Budget for a family of four in Indian River County is an annual income of $50,448 according to the newest United Way ALICE Report. That does not include any savings, leaving the household vulnerable to unexpected expenses.
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.
- ALICE workers are the laborers, clerical staff, mechanics, legal aids, and city workers who build and support our homes and businesses.
- ALICE workers fill our hospitals, doctors' offices and homes as aides, orderlies, therapists, and even nurses who care for us and our families' health.
- ALICE workers harvest, transport, package, and sell Florida produce around the state and the world.
- ALICE workers shape our future workforce and leaders through their work in day care centers, public and private schools, libraries, community centers, and even our colleges and universities.
ALICE represents those who work hard and are above the poverty line, but due to high costs and factors often beyond their control, must live paycheck to paycheck. For many, a small emergency can quickly become a major financial crisis. Car repairs and health care emergencies, to name just a few, can plunge these working families over the edge into poverty and financial chaos. When this happens, families, employers, and our economy suffer.
The ALICE Report establishes a Household Survival Budget for each county in Florida based on local costs of basic necessities. It points out that 40% of households in Indian River County do not have the income needed for a bare-minimum survival budget. Our challenge as a United Way, and as a community as a whole, is to use this information to find more solutions increasing the welfare of individuals and families.
In 2014, Florida's first groundbreaking United Way ALICE Report was released. This complete update to the report was released February 22, 2017.
Click on the links below for the updated ALICE® Report.
Learn more about the ALICE Report at http://www.uwof.org/ALICE