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In the heartland of economic disparities, the United Way's ALICE program is a lifeline for countless working families in the Spokane County communities. ALICE, which stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, represents a substantial but often overlooked segment of our society – those employed individuals and families who live on the edge of financial instability, struggling to meet their basic needs due to stagnant wages and the rising cost of living.

Founded in 2009, the ALICE program was born out of the United Way's commitment to community well-being. Central to this initiative is the annual ALICE Report, a data-driven revelation of the economic struggles faced by these households. Beyond data, the ALICE program fuels action, fostering partnerships with local agencies, governments, and nonprofits to implement solutions like affordable housing, workforce development, and financial education. It's a grassroots movement that emphasizes unity and compassion, reaffirming that we are all responsible for creating a more equitable society.


As the ALICE program continues to evolve, it strives to lift ALICE households out of financial insecurity, fostering economic stability, and challenging us all to be more compassionate and committed to ensuring that every family has the opportunity to thrive. It is a powerful reminder that, collectively, we can bridge the gap and build a brighter future for our communities.