“You may not realize it, but you already know ALICE. We see ALICE every day – hard workers who keep Louisiana’s economy running, but who aren’t always sure that they can put food on their own tables. We find ALICEs each day working behind cash registers, fixing our cars, serving us in restaurants and retail stores, and caring for our young and our elderly.” — Sarah Berthelot, LAUW President and CEO
United Ways throughout Louisiana have come together to give an identity and voice to people who work hard yet still struggle to make ends meet – people we call ALICE – Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. ALICE lives in every parish in Louisiana.
This report shows us that 42 percent of all Louisiana families are ALICE or live below the ALICE Threshold. This means that 42 percent of all Louisiana families are not earning enough to “get by” based on a Household Survival Budget that uses conservative estimates of monthly expenses for housing, child care, food, transportation, health care, and taxes. These ALICE families are working hard but are one small emergency away from a major financial crisis.
Join Louisiana United Ways as we seek to better understand the challenges so many face and to identify solutions that make it easier for ALICE to become more financially secure. Let’s all work together to build a stronger and more prosperous Louisiana.
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