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?

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

Caddo  |  Bossier  |  Webster  |  Bienville  |  Claiborne  |  DeSoto  |  Red River Sabine  |  Natchitoches  |  Winn 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

  • 31-40%
  • 41-50%
  • 51-60%
Parish Households in Parish Households in Poverty Households classified as ALICE % Below ALICE Threshold Households Above ALICE Threshold % Above ALICE Threshold
Bienville 5,888 1,590 1,295 49% 2,885 51%
Bossier 47,072 6,590 8,002 31% 32,480 69%
Caddo 94,854 21,816 23,714 48% 49,324 52%
Claiborne 5,677 1,419 1,533 52% 2,725 48%
De Soto 26,968 6,203 5,394 43% 15,371 57%
Natchitoches 39,359 11,021 10,233 54% 18,105 46%
Red River 3,382 812 812 48% 1,758 52%
Sabine 9,174 1,927 2,477 48% 4,770 52%
Webster 15,831 3,799 3,483 46% 8,549 54%
Winn 5,371 1,396 1,396 52% 2,579 48%
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 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.

Where can I find more information?