Who is ALICE?

We all know people who are ALICE — Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. ALICE workers educate our children, keep us healthy, and make our quality of life possible, yet do not earn enough to support their own families. ALICE represents the growing number of individuals and families who are working, but are unable to afford the basic necessities of housing, food, child care, health care, and transportation. We see ALICE every day – hard workers who keep the Texas economy running. They are our friends, family, and people we rely on every day. Yet they aren’t always sure that they can put food on their own tables or gas in their cars. 43% of households in the Concho Valley are ALICE or living in poverty.

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Why ALICE Matters

ALICE workers are essential to the fabric of our society. ALICE works in jobs that are integral to our communities, from childcare, educators, home health aides, and mechanics –  workers we rely on every day. The future success of our communities is directly tied to the financial stability of ALICE households. When ALICE suffers and is forced to make difficult choices, we all face serious consequences.

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At United Way, we understand the importance of strong and healthy communities. That’s why we are working to help ALICE meet basic needs and create a pathway to a successful future. How can you help? 

Full ALICE Report: click here


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Concho: click here

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Menard: click here

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Runnels: click here 

Schleicher: click here

Sterling: click here

Sutton: click here

Tom Green: click here


Children in Financial Hardship

The number of children growing up in financial hardship in the U.S. is drastically higher than is widely reported. According to the outdated Federal Poverty Level, 16% of children in the U.S. lived in poverty in 2019. Yet United For ALICE data shows that another 33% — twice as many — were also growing up in hardship, in households that earned above the poverty level but less than what is costs to afford the basics.

ALICE: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.

The reality is that between families in poverty and those who are ALICE, more than half (53%) of children in Texas in 2019 lived in households with income below the ALICE Threshold, struggling to afford essentials in the communities where they lived.


Texas Research Debrief: here

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