Take a Walk in ALICE's Shoes Today

November 23, 2016

You meet ALICE every day, but now you have a chance to walk in her shoes.

ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, yet Employed and represents families living above the federal poverty line but still struggling to make ends meet every day.

In Connecticut, ALICE and poverty households combined account for 38 percent of households. A total of 361,521 Connecticut households fall into what the study describes as the ALICE population. These are households earning more than the official U.S. poverty level, but less than the basic cost of living. This is more than 2.5 times the number of households that fall below the federal poverty level.

Now for the first time, an online simulator is also available to experience the financial challenges that ALICE households in Connecticut face.

Play Making Tough Choices

More about ALICE

The updated ALICE Report, released on October 9, 2016, recommends both short-term and long-term strategies to help ALICE families and strengthen our communities.

United Ways work with many community partners to provide support to ALICE families to help them get through a crisis and avoid a downward spiral into even worse circumstances such as homelessness as well as assisting with financial literacy, education and workforce readiness.

In 2016 alone, United Ways in Connecticut invested more than $8.5 million in childcare and early learning; $1.3 million in housing and homeless prevention work; $5 million in basic needs programs; and, have assisted working families in obtaining nearly $40 million in EITC and tax refunds and credits.

The updated Connecticut ALICE Report was funded by the 16 Connecticut United Ways, including United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut. For more information or to find data about ALICE in local communities, click here.