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Meet ALICE

ALICE – Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed: 

"ALICE lives in every town and every parish in our state — working as child care providers, aides for the elderly, cashiers, mechanics, and waiters and waitresses. They are our friends, family, and people we rely on every day. Until the arrival of the United Way ALICE Project in Louisiana, ALICE was an invisible group with serious struggles and with little public attention." — Sarah Berthelot, LAUW President and CEO

To provide a better understanding of ALICE, United Ways throughout Louisiana share this update, which advances the data on ALICE in Louisiana by one year, since our last report was released in 2017. This United Way ALICE Report for Louisiana reveals that 29 percent, or nearly 500,000, of Louisiana households are ALICE and another 19 percent live in poverty. Together, 48 percent of all Louisiana households cannot afford basic expenses — housing, child care, food, transportation, health care, cell phone access, and taxes.

One of our goals in releasing this Report is to provide real data to help families feel less invisible and to find better ways to improve their lives by informing policy makers, coalitions, organizations, employers, and the general public.

Join us in the fight for ALICE families who feel invisible in their struggle to feed their children and hopeless when it comes to achieving financial stability. When Louisiana’s ALICE households can improve their financial status so they are not struggling to make ends meet, we are all stronger and more prosperous.

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