The United Way ALICE Project provides a framework, language, and tools to measure and understand the struggles of the growing number of households in our communities that do not earn enough to afford a bare-bones household budget of housing, child care, food, transportation, and healthcare, a population called ALICE. The United Way ALICE Reports use new measures to provide a more accurate picture of financial insecurity at the state, county, and municipal level. This research initiative partners with state United Way organizations, such as those in Maryland, to deliver research-based reports that can stimulate meaningful discussion, attract new partners, and ultimately inform strategies that affect positive change. The result is that ALICE is rapidly becoming part of the common vernacular, appearing in grant applications, in the media, and in public forums discussing financial hardship in communities across the state and country.
United Way of Charles County strives to create changes that improve life for ALICE families by evaluating the current solutions and supporting innovative approaches to give ALICE a voice and viable options. To learn more, read the full report here