We all know people who are ALICE — Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.
ALICE workers educate our children, keep us healthy, and make our quality of life possible, yet do not earn enough to support their own families. ALICE households are forced to make tough choices, such as deciding between quality child care or paying the rent, which have long-term consequences not only for ALICE, but for all.
In order to better understand this growing population, United For ALICE provides a framework, language, statistics, and tools that community stakeholders can use to inform policy and drive innovation. The Research Center is the hub of UnitedForALICE.org
- a one-stop source for exploring the latest ALICE data, on a national scale down to the local level in partnering states.
Spokane County United Way has and continues to use the ALICE report data to guide our financial stability work. We know that families in our community are making difficult financial decisions every day. That is why United Way partners with local programs to provide affordable childcare, skilled job training, stable and affordable housing, as well as rental and utility assistance. These efforts are a priority for our community because they prevent hunger and homelessness.
ALICE Workshops are available! Please email Andrey Muzychenko to schedule your 15-minute workshop.
ALICE in Spokane
What Types of Households Are Struggling?
In the past few decades, there have been major shifts in household composition. The share of American adults who have never been married is at a historic high, as is the number of senior households. There is also a growing number of people who live alone or with roommates, and an increasing share of grown children who live with their parents. Yet all types of households continue to struggle: ALICE and poverty-level households exist across all of these living arrangements. *Data is from the ALICE Report, click here to view the Spokane County page.
Why Do So Many Households Struggle?
The cost of household basics outpaces wages...
The Household Survival Budget reflects the bare minimum cost to live and work in the modern economy and includes housing, child care, food, transportation, health care, technology (a smartphone plan), and taxes. It does not include savings for emergencies or future goals like college or retirement. In 2018, household costs were well above the Federal Poverty Level of $12,140 for a single adult and $25,100 for a family of four. *Data is from the ALICE Report, click here to view the Spokane County page.
How Does the Number of ALICE Households Vary Within the County?
There is significant variation in the number of households who live below the ALICE Threshold within the county. The maps are shaded to show the percentage of households that are below the ALICE Threshold (poverty-level and ALICE households combined). The darker the blue, the higher the percentage. *Data is from the ALICE Report, click here to view the Spokane County page
and the interactive map.
"I just took the online ALICE Challenge.....WOW! Though it is only a simulation, it increased my heart rate and made me anxious trying to make decisions. It took approximately 10 minutes (maybe less if you can make choices quickly, I couldn't do it) to run through it. I know of several families that live this way... but I didn't realize the toll it takes on them physically to make the difficult choices. I recommend everyone take 10 minutes out of your day and experience the ALICE Challenge. It may change your life!" - Anonymous