ALICE is the population of everyday people who work one, two, or even three jobs. Yet, they cannot afford the basic needs to stay stable or self-sustainable. ALICE is doing everything they can to make ends meet, but still, struggle to get by every month.
42% of Hawaii's population is ALICE
or below. 33% of which, live just above the federal poverty level and are often
unable to survive through a minor financial crisis. There are a few ALICE
programs that help or prevent them from slipping into the poverty level.
The 2020 AUW ALICE® report indicates there has been no improvement since 2010 in the number of ALICE in Hawaii despite steady economic improvements according to traditional measures. Hawaii’s unemployment fell to record lows, GDP grew and wages rose slightly over the past two years (pre- COVID-19). Yet eight years after the end of the Great Recession, 42% (190,390 households) of
Hawaii’s 455,138 households still struggle to make ends meet.
Aloha United Way established the ALICE Fund to tackle the issues that cause financial instability within families and individuals. Through transformative programs and initiatives that bring together people, resources, and sustainable solutions, the ALICE Fund strives to enhance the financial stability of our ALICE ohana to make our community stronger and more resilient.
ALICE by County
ALICE lives in every town and neighborhood across Hawaii. ALICE
exists in every ethnicity. They are our friends, family, and people we rely on
every day. It takes just one crisis — loss of employment for a short period, an
unexpected health emergency or car repair, an increase in monthly rent — to put
these families and individuals at even greater risk of long-term problems like
chronic health issues or loss of housing.
Hawaii Counties, 2020
How costly is it to live in Hawai'i
The Household Survival Budget is the basis for the ALICE Threshold and quantifies the costs of the five basic essentials of housing, child care, food, transportation and health care.
To put these budgets into perspective, the medium hourly wage for the common occupation in Hawaii, retail sales, was $13.03 in 2018, or $26,060 if full-time, year-round - not enough to support any of the ALICE budgets.
The bare-minimum House Hold Survival Budget does not allow for any savings, leaving a household vulnerable to unexpected expenses. Affording only a very modest living in each community, this budget is still significantly more than the adjusted 2018 Federal Poverty Level for Hawaii of $13,960 for a single adult and $28,870 for a family of four.