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.


View the full ALICE Report:


Franklin County

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.

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.

Experience ALICE

How long can you stay out of debt in the life of ALICE? How long can you strike a balance between happiness and household expenses?

Explore ALICE: The Experience online simulation to find out:

United Way
of Franklin County


Phone: 717-262-0015

Location: 182 S. Second St.

                 Chambersburg, PA 17201

Improving quality of lives by mobilizing the caring power of Franklin County.

We envision a community where all families achieve their potential through healthy living, income stability and early learning.

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