Study of Financial Hardship
United Way ALICE® Project
ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. The United Way term represents the growing number of hardworking individuals and families across Idaho, the Pacific Northwest and the nation who are working but unable to afford the basic household necessities, including housing, child care, health care, food and transportation.
Do You Know ALICE?
Of course you do. ALICE is everywhere and can be seen every day. From Plain Dealing to Winnfield, Arcadia to Mooringsport, Springhill to Many – ALICE lives in the wonderful mosaic of communities that make up Northwest Louisiana. ALICE represents community members workin in jobs that are needed, but don’t always pay enough to afford the basics, such as cashiers, child care workers, food service personnel, home health aides, librarians, bank tellers, repair technicians, landscapers and more. ALICE is men and women of all ages and races. ALICE is customers, constituents, neighbors – even family members and friends. ALICE is sometime referred to the “working poor”.
How many people are ALICE?
In Louisiana, 42 percent or 723,077 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, this trend is actually higher than the state average at 45 percent of households struggling – 23 percent are ALICE and 22 percent live in poverty. This translates into 114,912 households struggling.
Northwest Louisiana At-a-Glance
Here is a summary of how ALICE looks in our ten parish service area:
Percent of Households Below the ALICE Threshold by Parish in Louisiana
|Parish||Households in Parish||Households in Poverty||Households classified as ALICE||% Below ALICE Threshold||Households Above ALICE Threshold||% Above ALICE Threshold|
|Summary of NWLA||253,576||56,573||58,339||45%||138,546||55%|
What is the United Way of Northwest Louisiana Doing to Help?
We fund 93 programs that help children, adults and families thrive.
Residents in Northwest Louisiana have saved more than $1.6 million on prescription medications through United Way’s partnership with FamilyWize. Over 3,600 individuals have achieved financial stability through our Bank On Initiative.
We collaborate with business, government and community groups to identify and find solutions to address underlying issues that negatively impact ALICE families.
We advocate for legislative issues that impact ALICE households: affordable, quality early care and education, access to free tax preparation and financial education programs, and access to affordable health care coverage.
We’ve put our stake in the ground. We want businesses and individuals to join us in developing strategies and partnerships to educate and empower people to help lift them out of poverty.
Where can I find more information?