Living paycheck to paycheck while hovering just above the poverty line is the reality for 40 percent of families in central and northeastern Connecticut, according to the 2018 Connecticut United Ways ALICE Report.
ALICE is a United Way-coined term for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.
The term ALICE refers to households that, despite working hard, are unable to afford life’s most basic necessities such as housing, food, child care, transportation, technology and healthcare.
There's a good chance you have a friend, acquaintance or neighbor that might be ALICE and not even know it. They're hard-working individuals who don’t ask for help, sometimes because they don't even realize that they need it.
The 2018 Connecticut United Ways ALICE Report highlights financial hardship in Connecticut and provides a 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.