United Way Leaders United Quarterly - Spring - Page 7



HAVE YOU MET ALICE?
One Emergency Away From Despair
Living paycheck to paycheck while hovering
just above the poverty line is the reality for
too many families in Nashville.
ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income
Constrained, Employed. An ALICE individual
works full-time. Their low wage job (or
often jobs) keeps their income level above
the poverty line so they cannot qualify for
government assistance but often doesn’t
provide enough income to support their
family. They do not have money in savings
and are one emergency away from having
their lives turned upside down.
There’s a good chance you have a friend,
acquaintance or neighbor that might fall into
the ALICE statistics and not even know it.
They are hard-working individuals who don’t
ask for help, sometimes because they don’t
even realize that they need it.
Now in its sixth year, the ALICE report is
released each year by United Way and
features a county by county and state
by state breakdown in percentages of
households who fall below the ALICE
threshold, a metric that weighs a local
household survival budget with the amount
of income that household actually brings in.
Middle Tennessee
Local United Ways throughout the state are
working together to bring the ALICE project
to Tennessee.
This report would provide invaluable
insight into those struggling with poverty
in our communities.
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