ALICE: Working Hard, but Struggling to Survive


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW: ALICE in Focus Series

ALICE in Focus is a new series spotlighting the struggles of people in specific populations including children, people with disabilities and military veterans. The series will deepen our understanding of these populations by taking a closer look at a robust data source – the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey Public Use Microdata Samples (PUMS).

The first report in the series, ALICE in Focus: Children, provides insights on children living in financial hardship. According to the state report, more than half (56%) of children in Florida lived in households experiencing financial hardship in 2019. While 17% were below the Federal Poverty Level, and additional 39% – more than twice as many – were ALICE.

View and download the Florida report

Click here to explore national, state, and local data using the interactive online dashboard, as well as access the national and other state reports.

Watch the Florida’s Statewide ALICE IN Focus: Children

A panel discussion about the recently released latest ALICE about how impacts Florida’s children and what United Way is doing with the research.

ALICE in Focus: People with Disabilities coming in July 2022

ALICE in Focus: Veterans coming in November 2022

What is ALICE?

ALICE, an acronym which stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, represents the growing number of individuals and families who are working, but are unable to afford the basic necessities of housing, food, childcare, health care, and transportation.

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 and home health aides to mechanics – all 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.

ALICE in Palm Beach County

The ALICE Report for Florida quantifies the size of the workforce in Palm Beach County that face financial hardship and the reasons why.

According to the 2020 report, 46% of our county households struggled to make ends meet. Twelve percent of the households are living below the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and another 34% – nearly three times as many – are ALICE households. ALICE households earned above the FPL, but not enough to afford the most basic budget.

COVID-19 and ALICE

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly altered lives in Palm Beach County. Households of all races, geographic areas, and income levels are facing physical health, mental health, and financial difficulties.

United Way of Palm Beach County conducted a survey to better understand the true impact of COVID-19 on all households. The report provides us critical insight about local challenges, identifies ways we can provide resources to those in need, and assists our planning for future investments.

Click to Access The Palm Beach County COVID-19 Impact Survey Report

United Way of Florida included Palm Beach County’s data and other regions to produce a COVID-19 Impact Survey Report for the state.

Click to Access Florida’s Statewide COVID-19 Impact Survey Report

Click to see COVID-19 case rates and vaccinations using an interactive map, plus get more information on the impact of the pandemic on ALICE.

ALICE Report

The 2020 Report presents the latest ALICE data available – a point-in-time snapshot of economic conditions across the state in 2018.

View and download the Florida report.

View and download Palm Beach County’s pages.

Click here to explore ALICE data at a national, state and county level.

UNITED FOR ALICE

United for ALICE is a driver of innovation, research, and action to improve life across the country for ALICE and for all.

Click here to learn more about United for ALICE, access reports and use the interactive tools and resources.

Accreditations

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