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Living paycheck to paycheck and struggling to make ends meet is the reality for 33% of families in Knox County, according to a report from the United Way's ALICE Project.

ALICE is a United Way acronym that stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. An ALICE individual works low wage jobs that keep their income level above the poverty line so they cannot qualify for government assistance - however, they are barely able to support their family. They do not have money in savings and are one emergency away from having their lives turned upside down.

There's a good chance you have a friend, acquaintance, or neighbor that might fall into the ALICE statistics and not even know it. They are hardworking individuals who don't ask for help, sometimes because they don't even realize they need it.

Now in its seventh year, the ALICE report is put out annually by United Way and features a county by county and state by state 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. You can find a copy of the report here.

We need your help in expanding the ALICE report for 2020. Click here to contribute to this important work.

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