Who is ALICE?
We all know ALICE. ALICE families have household incomes above the Federal Poverty Level, but below a basic cost-of-living threshold. The Connecticut Report is a study of financial hardships in our state. ALICE may be your family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues, and represents every race, ethnicity and gender. She lives in every area of our state. ALICE is your nursing assistant, childcare worker, home health aide, car mechanic, security guard, teaching assistant, store clerk, and office assistant – workers essential to every community’s success, but who struggle to survive on what these jobs pay. Give today to benefit the lives of ALICE families in our 40-town region.
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Our United Way's catchment area statistics. (Download below)
- 35 percent of families in our region walk a financial tightrope, including the hard-working ALICE families living above poverty yet struggling to pay bills and put food on the table.
- ALICE households make up more than 20 percent of all households in 81 (48 percent) of CT’s 169 cities and towns.
- 51 percent of all jobs in Connecticut pay less than $20 an hour, or slightly more than $40,000 annually, and most pay between $10 and $15 an hour.
The financial hardships that ALICE faces affect the overall social and economic stability of our communities. Click here for a four-page summary of Connecticut households.
United Way is Here to Help All Families
United Way wanted to understand why many hard working people still struggle financially. We wanted to understand how this struggle affected their lives and limited their opportunities and choices. Finally, we wanted an objective, research-based look at how this financial hardship impacted our community as a whole.
What is our United Way Doing to Help ALICE Families?
We raise awareness about ALICE and the need to help ALICE become and stay financially secure. We invest in programs and initiatives that help stabilize ALICE families now and in the future. This includes childcare and early-learning, financial security, and basic needs programs.
Some of Our 40-Town Results
- Last tax season, 10,400 taxpayers received $27.5 million in federal refunds and credits at United Way-supported VITA sites in our region.
- Nearly 4,000 people were connected to financial services, such as childcare subsidies, public health care and rental assistance programs.
- We joined with partners to engage nearly 70 companies across four industry sectors, connecting qualified job seekers to relevant positions, providing current employees with the skills they need to advance in their careers.
- More than 1,800 people enrolled in job training programs improved their skills in computers, customer service, critical thinking, and communications.
- More than 1,500 participants received career development services, more than 500 earned industry-recognized credentials and nearly 300 gained employment or increased their wages.
What Does the ALICE Report Tell Us?
There is significantly greater need than the typical portrait painted of Connecticut, with its high median income and low poverty rates.
What is Household Survival Budget?
The Household Survival Budget uses the minimum cost option for each of the five basic necessities - Housing, Child Care, Food, Transportation and Health Care - to develop a monthly budget that covers the essentials plus taxes and 10% miscellaneous contingency. It is a conservative estimate of the monthly costs to get by, and does not account for saving or larger emergency expenses.