United Way ALICE Report
Study of Financial Hardship
United Way ALICE® Report
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 working 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 makes up men and women of all ages and races. ALICE is customers, constituents, neighbors – even family members and friends. ALICE is sometimes even referred to as the “working poor”.
How many people are ALICE?
This United Way ALICE Report for Louisiana reveals that 29 percent, or nearly 500,000, of Louisiana households are ALICE and another 19 percent live in poverty. Together, 48 percent of all Louisiana households cannot afford basic expenses — housing, child care, food, transportation, health care, cell phone access, and taxes. In Northwest Louisiana, the trend is higher than the state average of 52 percent of households struggling.
Northwest Louisiana At-A-Glance
Here is a summary of how ALICE looks in our ten parish service area:
|Households in Parish||Households in Poverty||ALICE Households||Above ALICE Household||% Above ALICE Threshold||% of ALICE and in Poverty (HH)|
|De Soto Parish||10,259||2,373||2,389||5,497||54%||46%|
|Red River Parish||3,491||844||860||1,787||51%||49%|
|Summary of NWLA||213,929||50,001||60,266||103,662||48%||52%|
What is the United Way of Northwest Louisiana Doing to Help?
We fund 49 programs that help children, adults and families thrive.
Residents in Northwest Louisiana have saved more than $1.7 million on prescription medications through United Way’s partnership with FamilyWize. Over 4,000 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.