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Our world and our economy have irrevocably changed, and with this new age has emerged a new, growing population called ALICE: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. According to the 2016 ALICE Update Report released in October 2016, nearly 42,000 households in Western Connecticut—that’s nearly 1 in 3—are ALICE and struggle to pay for basic necessities, including housing, food, childcare, health care, and transportation.

ALICE works hard, yet can’t get ahead, often living paycheck-to-paycheck and on the cusp of financial crisis. ALICE is a co-worker, friend and neighbor whose job just doesn’t pay enough to cover the basics in our area. ALICE can be a new graduate just starting out, a young family, or a retiree. Some households become ALICE due to an unforeseen life event: a life-altering health diagnosis, job loss, or family crisis. ALICE often doesn’t qualify for governmental aid or social service programs, so they are virtually invisible to the system, their struggle unknown. We are using a series of new standardized measures to quantify the size of this growing population. Learn more about the ALICE research here

United Way impacts the lives of ALICE in Western Connecticut by funding programs and collaboratives that target specific issue areas that most impact ALICE households, particularly in the areas of education, income and health. We listen to ALICE, focus on targeted outcomes that will improve their lives, and measure our success for a continual improvement process. By ensuring every household is healthy and financially strong, we will ensure that our communities are vibrant and prosperous places to live. Learn more about ALICE in Connecticut


Are you ALICE, or do you know ALICE? Join the Conversation and Be Heard.
Are you ALICE? Are you currently living paycheck-to-paycheck? Have you tottered at the edge of financial instability? We want to hear from you. Please join us for a community conversation to explore the issues confronting ALICE households in Western Connecticut. If you can't make it to one of our community conversations, please fill out our online survey - in English or in SpanishAll responses are anonymous, unless you choose to share your contact information

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