By definition, ALICE families and individuals are those who make more than the federal poverty level but less than the ALICE Threshold, which is what is needed to afford the basic necessities of housing, childcare, food, transportation and health care.
We come into contact with ALICE each and every day. In fact, we probably come in contact with ALICE multiple times each and every day. ALICE brews up the coffee at the local coffee shop, freshly presses dry cleaning, tends the counter at a convenience store and even cares for the elderly and children. These hardworking individuals and families live day to day with no extra money to set aside in savings. ALICE cannot always pay the bills, has little or nothing in savings, and is forced to make tough choices such as deciding between quality childcare or paying the rent. One unexpected car repair or medical bill can push these financially strapped families over the edge.
The future success of our community is directly tied to the financial stability of our fragile ALICE households.
34 percent of Wisconsin households are living on the edge of financial insecurity. Of this number, 23 percent are ALICE and 11 percent are below the poverty level. 549,313 households in Wisconsin are ALICE, more than double the official poverty rate. 812,273 households are a combination of ALICE and below the federal poverty line in Wisconsin.
33 percent of Walworth County households are living on the edge of financial security. Of this number, 24 percent are ALICE and 9 percent are below the poverty level.
This interactive tool walks you through the tough choices ALICE families experience every day, and what United Way is doing to help them along the way.