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ALICE

 

WHAT DOES ALICE STAND FOR?

ALICE is a United Way acronym that stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.

ALICE is your child care worker, your parent on Social Security, the cashier at your supermarket, the gas attendant, the salesperson at your big box store, your waitress, a home health aide, an office clerk. ALICE cannot always pay the bills, has little or nothing in savings, and is forced to make tough choices such as deciding between quality child care or paying the rent. One unexpected car repair or medical bill can push these financially strapped families over the edge.

MEET ALICE

ALICE is a hardworking member of the community who is employed yet does not earn enough to afford the basic necessities of life.

ALICE earns above the federal poverty level, but does not earn enough to afford a bare-bones household budget of housing, child care, food, transportation, and health care. The United Way ALICE Reports use new measures to provide a more accurate picture of financial insecurity at the state, county, and municipal level.

ALICE: BY THE NUMBERS

2016
Thurston Households: 105,863
Federal Poverty: 11%
% ALICE: 25%
 

2014
Thurston Households: 103,319
% Federal Poverty: 11%
% ALICE: 20%

2012
Thurston Households: 102,335
% Federal Poverty: 11%
% ALICE: 18%

2010
Thurston Households: 99,869
% Federal Poverty: 10%
% ALICE: 21%

2007
Thurston Households: 94,855
% Federal Poverty: 9%
% ALICE: 19%

Click here to learn more about the United Way ALICE Project in Thurston County

Click here to learn more about the United Way ALICE Project in the other states involved.