We all know people who are experiencing 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 those experiencing ALICE, but for us all.

14% of households across Greater Houston are living below the federal poverty threshold, and another 33% of households are experiencing ALICE - they are working hard but can’t afford the basic necessities of life. 

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 of Greater Houston’s work to help families and individuals 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 what strategies to help are most effective.

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


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