May 16, 2023

United Way of Pennsylvania

Since the last ALICE Report® was released, Pennsylvania households encountered a new wave of obstacles to further complicate financial stability. The 2023 Report, which was released on May 2nd, 2023, captures these heightened barriers created by the COVID-19 pandemic and provides the first look at the extent of its social and economic impact amongst ALICE

(Asset-Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) households.

ALICE lives in every community- they are your neighbor, your barista, your friend. The ALICE Report shows that 39% of Pennsylvanians are struggling to meet basic needs. ALICE households are vital parts of the community and economy but are barely surviving themselves. From this report, the needs, and barriers that ALICE households face can be further understood, allowing United Way and community partners to recognize and address their needs.

ALICE serves as a platform to reveal and provide awareness of the struggles of a financially burdened population that often goes unrecognized. The ALICE Report is designed to better understand who ALICE is, where ALICE lives and works, and the struggles ALICE faces. Solutions are complex – there is not one answer.

Through data, the Report clarifies the realistic cost to live in each Pennsylvania county and calculates how many households have income below that level, providing insight into the economic challenges that working households face. Across Pennsylvania, the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) is well below the Household Survival Budget. In 2021, the FPL was $26,500 for a family of four. In contrast, the average annual cost of living for a family of four in Pennsylvania was $65,796, considerably higher than the FPL.


Through this work, the real needs of individuals and families across the state have been revealed, allowing United Way and community partners to implement solutions for ALICE. This includes investments in early learning, housing initiatives, and workforce training programs. Through continued community investments, collaborations, and advocacy, United Way is committed to uplifting ALICE and providing opportunities to advance financial stability.

How will you advocate for ALICE in your community?

Read the 2023 Report here. For a more in-depth look at the data, visit Pennsylvania’s United For ALICE site.

UWP's ALICE Website
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2023 Summer Resources

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United Way Celebrates National AANHPI Month!

May is National Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

This month is observed in the US to recognize the contributions and influence that Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islander Americans have on the United States, including, but not limited to, the history, achievements, and culture.

Happy AANHPI Month!

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Resilient PA Grassroots Champion Changemaking Summit

Resilient PA will be hosting a Grassroots Champion Changemaking Summit, sponsored by Collectively Rooted, in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month on May 22nd.

This year, Resilient PA is focusing on creating organizational change. Join this summit to hear from our Keynote Speaker, Aaron Proietti of Today's Innovator.

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We Heal Us Mental Health Awareness Month Events

#WeHealUS is a grassroots campaign that honors May as Mental Health Awareness Month by amplifying the hard work of individuals, organizations, and local/state governments building resilience and healing. Nationwide, more states and municipalities are embracing trauma-informed and healing-centered policies and practices because resilience grows through healthy and informed relationships.

If you're interested in the May events, feel free to check them out!

We Heal Us Campaign

Call To Action

United Ways fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our communities. In order to provide the needs many are facing, our priorities for the 2023-2024 state budget include a focus on PA 211 and early childhood education and care, and enactment of a state Earned Income Tax Credit. 

Please join us in advocacy for state funding for PA 211 to provide Pennsylvanians the opportunity to connect with information and referrals for their health and human services needs, state investments for affordable and high-quality Pre-K and child care, and the creation of a state Earned Income Tax Credit to support working Pennsylvanians.

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Will you help PA communities improve their financial stability, health, and education? Choose to support your local United Way, support efforts to improve life for people who work and struggle to survive (ALICE), or support our program to connect people to the help they need (PA 211.) Give, advocate, or volunteer today.
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