More than 1 in 3 Hoosier households cannot afford the basics of housing, food, health care, child care and transportation, despite working hard, according to a report from United Way's ALICE Project.
ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. An ALICE individual works low wage jobs that keep their income level above the poverty line which means 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 are more than 636,871 ALICE households in Indiana. Together, with those in poverty, close to a million Hoosier households (979,538) are unable to make ends meet.
- Basic household expenses increased 23% for families and 21% for individuals on average across the state between 2010-2016, while the national rate of inflation for the same period was 9%
- 38% of the total number of households in the six-county region are ALICE/poverty (230,000 households). In Marion County, nearly one half (47%) of households are ALICE and in poverty
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