What Is ALICE?
ALICE represents the 24% of Pennsylvanians who work, but struggle to survive. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.
ALICE earns above the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), but makes less than they need to pay for basic essentials. They often earn too much to qualify for government assistance, and there is no room in their household budgets for emergency expenses. If you combine PA households earning below the ALICE Threshold with those living below the FPL, that’s 37% of PA households that face financial hardship every day, in every county in PA.
The Response of PA United Ways
United Ways throughout Pennsylvania are committed to lifting up ALICE through a multifaceted, supportive approach.
- PA 211: Through this program, we are able to connect families to local programs that can help them with their unique needs, and to document unmet needs so communities can plan strategies for the future.
- Advocacy: United Ways are vigilant in our advocacy efforts, working to ensure that all PA families are able to work toward financial stability.
- Partnerships: Our local-level partnerships and programs are able to address the particular needs of each individual community, with an acute understanding of the solutions that will work for that community.
- ALICE Report: In early 2021, United Way of Pennsylvania will present a data refresh to the ALICE Report for Pennsylvania, allowing us to understand more recent circumstances in our state.
Equipped with these tools, the PA network of United Ways convenes, advocates and innovates in our local communities to highlight the issues faced by ALICE households, and we generate solutions to help ALICE on their path to financial stability.
The Statistics by County and Township/Borough
Click on an area of the map to see where ALICE lives, and what it costs to provide household essentials for families in a community.
Click on a county for additional information