ALICE

Meet ALICE

ALICE is an acronym for: 
Asset Limited
Income Constrained
Employed

ALICE is a new way of defining and understanding the struggles of households that earn above the Federal Poverty Level, but not enough to afford basic necessities.

For far too many families, the cost of living outpaces what they earn. Yet these workers perform jobs that are critical to the functioning of our local communities – educating our children, keeping us healthy, and making our quality of life possible.

When funds run short, these households are forced to make impossible choices, such as deciding between quality child care or paying the rent, filling a prescription or fixing the car. These short-term decisions have long-term consequences not only for ALICE families, but for all of us. The future success of our communities is directly tied to the financial stability of these fragile ALICE households.

Walworth County ALICE

The fact is 34% of Wisconsin, and 33% of Walworth County households represent ALICE men and women of every age and race. For additional Walworth County details, click here.

ALICE in the Time of COVID-19

The release of the most recent ALICE Report for Wisconsin comes during an unprecedented crisis — the COVID-19 pandemic. While our world changed significantly in March 2020 with the impact of this global, dual health and economic crisis, ALICE remains central to the story in every U.S. county and state. The pandemic has exposed exactly the issues of economic fragility and widespread hardship that United For ALICE and the ALICE data work to reveal.

That exposure makes the ALICE data and analysis more important than ever. The ALICE Report for Wisconsin presents the latest ALICE data available — a point-in-time snapshot of economic conditions across the state in 2018. By showing how many Wisconsin households were struggling then, the ALICE Research provides the backstory for why the COVID-19 crisis is having such a devastating economic impact.

This crisis is fast-moving and quickly evolving. To stay abreast of the impact of COVID-19 on ALICE households and their communities, visit UnitedForALICE.org/COVID19 for updates.

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