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Who is and how can you help ALICE?


The ALICE 03-20-2019 Press Release


Who is ALICE?

ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed and represents the population of individuals and families who are working, but are unable to afford the basic necessities of housing, food, child care, health care and transportation. The United Way ALICE Report provides county-by-county and town-level data on the state of financial instability among households.  Generous support from the Consumers Energy Foundation made the report possible. Click here for the Jackson County Breakdown.

To help ALICE we need to talk about ALICE.  While ALICE has existed for some time, the ALICE Report provides a crucial starting point for understanding an discussing the issues and needs ALICE faces.

Are you ALICE?

If you’re an ALICE or need help, please call or click through to 211. This FREE and confidential phone call will connect you with social service resources. 211 can assist you with basic needs like food and shelter, health care, legal services, drug treatment, job assistance, mental health services, transportation, financial assistance, and more.

How can you help ALICE?

ALICE is the population that struggles to make ends meet.  Many are one unexpected expense away from poverty.  It’s important that our community works together to address their needs.  United Way is committed to helping ALICE through some of our funded programs including…

  • Community Action Agency’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program and their Financial Stability Program
  • Legal Services of South Central Michigan provides assistance for low income individuals and families
  • Salvation Army’s Basic Needs Program
  • Family Service & Children’s Aid provides counseling, Adult Guardian Services and more

You can help by supporting these programs, either by giving of your time or giving of your resources.