Throughout our community, financial hardship is hiding in plain sight.
In fact, one in four families in our community works hard, but still struggles to cover basic needs.
They don’t qualify for government assistance.
They can’t build any savings.
And for them, a single car repair or medical bill can be catastrophic.
United Way is committed to ensuring that our communities are viable places to live and work. To do that, we promote current research, community dialogue, and data-driven policy solutions. These elements form the basis of one of United Way’s broadest and fastest-growing initiatives – the ALICE Project.
Across Indiana, 37 percent of households struggle to afford the basic necessities of housing, child care, food, healthcare, and transportation. ALICE represents the men and women of all ages and races who get up each day to go to work, but who aren’t sure if they’ll be able to make ends meet. The Indiana Association of United Ways has partnered with five other states to bring data-driven research about ALICE, shorthand for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, to communities. These families are defined with low income, little or no savings, and steady jobs. The 61 members of the state association are mobilizing resources and investing in services to support families, but those families’ struggles are often hidden.