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Central Florida’s Cost of Living Pushes Families to Financial Brink

ALICE households are some of the most susceptible to increasing costs of living. ALICE®, an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, represents the growing number of individuals and families who are technically above the federal poverty line but still struggle to make ends meet. These families are working but are unable to afford the basic necessities of housing, childcare, food, transportation, healthcare, and technology.

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Heart of Florida United Way’s 2023 Thanksgiving Project: A Heartwarming Success

In its fifth consecutive year, the Heart of Florida United Way’s Thanksgiving Project continues to make a significant impact in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties. This annual initiative, dedicated to supporting ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) families, has grown exponentially, reflecting a community united in the spirit of giving and compassion. This year, HFUW […]

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Central Florida ALICE Households Facing Financial Hardship Increased by More Than 33,000 Throughout Pandemic

The number of Central Florida households unable to afford basic needs increased during the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, reflecting a total of 386,077 households throughout Orange, Seminole, and Osceola counties.   Outlined in the new ALICE in the Crosscurrents: COVID and Financial Hardship in Florida report from Heart of Florida United Way and […]

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Summer Showers and Hurricane Hours: Summer Break Resources

It’s summer break! No school and just fun in the sun for many families, but for many ALICE families, that’s not the case. Summer break means losing resources that they depended on for most of the year, like free lunches. Luckily, Summer Break Spot is here to help support families who need those free meals […]

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HFUW Invests $250,000 in Grace Medical Home to Help Expand Mental Health Services in Central Florida

Big news! Heart of Florida United Way (HFUW) is proud to announce our $250,000 investment in Grace Medical Home, which is an organization that provides high-quality, coordinated medical care to our neighbors who cannot afford healthcare.  Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for mental health crisis support has increased and Grace Medical Home consequently experienced […]

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Heart of Florida United Way Invests $1 Million in Valencia College’s Northwest Center for Accelerated Training: A Scholarship for Eligible Low-Income Students Pursuing Trade Certifications

Have you heard the BIG news?!  Heart of Florida United Way Launches Partnership With Valencia College   On Tuesday, November 15, 2022, Heart of Florida United Way (HFUW) President and CEO Jeff Hayward and Valencia College President Dr. Kathleen Plinske announced a $1 million investment by HFUW to support students in ALICE (Asset Limited, Income […]

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Striving for Excellence

Over the past year, Heart of Florida United Way has fought hard for those directly impacted by COVID-19. We have fought for families who have lost wages, struggled to put food on the table, or worried if they would have a roof over their heads. And we have done all of this with the help […]

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2020 ALICE Report

Top 10 Things to Know About the 2020 ALICE Report We are living in historic times, and those households who are ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) are suffering unimaginably right now. The global pandemic COVID-19 has stricken a vulnerable part of our population who are fighting for their very lives.  Around the world, the risk […]

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