The latest ALICE report from United Way of West Florida and our research partners United for ALICE shows 53% of children in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties lived in financial hardship in 2019.
While 16% of all children in our community were deemed in poverty in 2019, the report shows that 37% – more than twice as many – lived in families defined as ALICE.
ALICE households earn more than the Federal Poverty Level, but less than what it costs to live and work in the modern economy. Those families don't bring home enough income to meet the basic costs of housing, childcare, health care, transportation, and a smartphone plan.
“Undercounting the number of children who are at risk can have lifelong consequences,” said Laura Gilliam, United Way of West Florida President and CEO. “Thousands of children are locked out of receiving critical supports for stable housing, food, and quality education, all of which can inhibit healthy child development.”