The recently released 2020 Connecticut United Ways ALICE Report revealed that, even before the COVID-19 Pandemic, 38% of households in our state had income below what is needed to pay for basic necessities such as housing, food, child care, health care, technology, and transportation.
ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained Employed. ALICE is the essential health care worker caring for our aging parents. ALICE is the teaching assistant who helped our children adapt to virtual learning. ALICE fixes our cars and works in our local grocery stores, retail stores, and restaurants. ALICE is our friend, neighbor, co-worker, and family member. We lean on ALICE for support, yet many ALICE households are one emergency away from a financial crisis impacting their ability to feed their family, heat their home, maintain their housing, and ensure their medical care.
Connecticut United Ways are committed to shining a light on households that, despite working hard, live paycheck to paycheck and are unable to afford life's most basic necessities.
Can you walk in ALICE's shoes? Visit www.MakingToughChoices.org to experience the financial challenges that ALICE households in Connecticut face every day.