The ALICE® Report
What is ALICE?
United Way of Franklin County has partnered with other United Ways from across the state to launch a statewide data project, ALICE, which provides a comprehensive measure of financial hardship across our state. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.
The ALICE report tells the story of our community members who are going to work but are still struggling to survive, through a standardized methodology that assesses the cost of living in every county. ALICE is our neighbors, friends and family who may earn more than the official Federal Poverty Level, but still cannot afford the basic necessities for their family. ALICE lives in every county in Pennsylvania.
Equipped with this data, United Way of Franklin County will convene, advocate and innovate in our community to highlight the issues faced by ALICE households, and to generate solutions which help them on their path to financial stability.
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In Franklin County, 30% of households are living below the survival budget. This means they cannot afford basic needs such as housing, child care, food, transportation, health care, and technology.
The Household Survival Budget reflects the bare minimum that a household needs to live and work today. It does not include savings for emergencies or future goals like college.
The Power of ALICE
Based on the ALICE Report, 1 in every 5 households in Franklin County are ALICE. One in every five families in our community are working hard, giving back, yet don’t know if they can put dinner on the table every night for their family. This begs the question, without ALICE - who make up approximately 1/5th of our population - what would our community be like? This is the Power of ALICE.
United Way of Franklin County partnered with local photographer Phillip Whitley, Mrphab Photos, for an exhibit. “The Power of ALICE” aims portray the real-life joys and stresses of three ALICE families living in our community to help show their strength. The exhibit demonstrates through beautiful imagery and storytelling how ALICE is more than just data.
Call to Action
United Way of Franklin County is calling on local business, government, nonprofit, and community members to come together and identify solutions to help move ALICE along their journey of financial stability. United Way is currently coordinating Community Conversations and Awareness Campaigns to learn more about ALICE, identify current programs serving ALICE, and start discussions on how to develop further solutions to aid ALICE.
We also continue to work with United Ways across the state to advocate at the state and national level for policies that reduce the burdens ALICE encounters on a daily basis.