Who is ALICE?
You know ALICE. You see ALICE every day. They are the childcare worker at your daycare, the cashier at your supermarket, aging parents on Social Security, your child’s teacher, waiters and waitresses, office clerks, and others. They are essential, yet they struggle to survive.
ALICE is Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.
ALICE is hardworking, yet one emergency from financial ruin. They live in continuous fear of an unexpected bill that may extend them beyond their already tight budgets.
ALICE is more prevalent than you might think. In fact, 47% of households in Central Florida — including ALICE households — are struggling to make ends meet.
Together, when we LIVE UNITED, we can change that.
Take a Walk in ALICE’s Shoes
Wonder what it’s like to be ALICE? Take a walk in ALICE’s shoes and discover the difficult decisions an ALICE household makes every day when living paycheck to paycheck.
To better understand who ALICE is and the issues affecting them, Heart of Florida United Way partners with United for ALICE to produce county reports based on local research about these households. Equipped with quantifiable data that provides insight into the challenges facing ALICE, our community can better able to respond to the needs of ALICE.
Based on the latest report, the number of Central Florida households unable to afford basic needs increased between 2019 and 2021, reflecting a total of 386,077 households throughout Orange, Seminole, and Osceola counties.
Delve into the comprehensive ALICE Reports that reveal the real-world struggles, the economic realities, and the specific needs of the ALICE population in our region. These reports provide a deeper understanding of the critical issues they face, shaping Heart of Florida United Way’s targeted efforts to bring about lasting change.
AN ALICE Story
Meet Kim Ranachowski, a student at Seminole State College of Florida currently in her senior year, who is studying to be a Physical Therapist Assistant. Kim was at risk of leaving her studies for a full-time job to be able to make ends meet, but then Destination Graduation stepped in to provide financial assistance that…
Meet LaToya Pugh, a single mother of two daughters who called Heart of Florida United Way’s 211 Information and Referral Crisis Line in her darkest hour.
It is not acceptable for anyone to be living in his or her car, let alone a 73-year-old Vietnam veteran and his wife.