We all know people who are ALICE — Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. ALICE workers educate our children, keep us healthy, and make our quality of life possible, yet do not earn enough to support their own families. ALICE households are forced to make tough choices, such as deciding between quality child care or paying the rent, which have long-term consequences not only for ALICE, but for us all.

47% of Greater Houston Area families are ALICE or living below the poverty level. 

Those numbers were calculated before COVID-19. We know the COVID-19 pandemic and hardships it has created have caused more families to become ALICE and have made life even tougher for those who were already ALICE. Read about some of the ways COVID-19 has impacted ALICE

United Way's ALICE Report provides better measures and language to describe the population that is struggling financially, and the reasons why. These measurements provide a broader picture of financial insecurity than traditional federal poverty guidelines.

The ALICE Report underscores the importance of United Way THRIVE and United Way of Greater Houston’s other work to help families meet their immediate needs and establish and travel a path to a more successful future. Data from the ALICE Report coupled with the calls for help and hope from our 211 Texas/United Way Helpline are key in United Way understanding how many people in our community struggle to get by and to United Way’s Second Century Vision, the vision that will guide our second century of service.

Use the links on this page to learn more about ALICE.

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If you are ALICE, call our 211 Texas/United Way HELPLINE to get started on the path to a better future.