Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE)
What is ALICE?
ALICE is an acronym that stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.
ALICE represents the growing number of individuals and families who are working but are unable to afford the basic necessities of housing, food, childcare, health care and transportation. (ALICE workers earn above the federal poverty level.)
How many people are ALICE in our area?
In Louisiana, 40 percent of households struggle to afford the basics necessities and live below the ALICE Threshold —21 percent of Louisiana households are ALICE and 19 percent live in poverty. This translates to 695,719 households in Louisiana struggling to make ends meet.
In Northwest Louisiana, 44 percent of households are struggling to afford the basic necessities and live below the ALICE Threshold – 23 percent of NWLA households are ALICE and 19 percent live in poverty. This translates to 92,533 households in NWLA struggling to make ends meet.
Who is ALICE in our area?
We see ALICE every day. They are cashiers, child care workers, food service personnel, librarians, bank tellers, health care aides, repair technicians, landscapers and auto mechanics — people you cross paths with on a daily basis.
Where can I find more information?