Click here to take the ONLINE ALICE CHALLENGE where you will experience the same unexpected dilemmas and choices that thousands of families in our community face every day.
SPOKANE COUNTY UNITED WAY USES LOCAL DATA TO INFORM OUR WORK TO INCREASE FINANCIAL STABILITY OF FAMILIES.
ALICE or Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed is a study released by United Way's of the Pacific Northwest. This study describes what poverty and financially constrained households look like in communities across Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
We know that low-income working families are often only one unexpected dilemma away from being homeless. Low-income families tend to pay more for basic goods and services because of the neighborhoods they live in, credit history or lack of access to transportation. Many struggle to meet their most basic needs. Our investments help prevent short term crisis from escalating into an emergency by ensuring access to food, housing, and other basic services such as utility assistance which can make a difference for people walking a financial tightrope. We work to increase financial stability through job readiness trainings, financial education, credit repair, access to traditional banking practices and Free Tax Preparation, and small business counseling. Our efforts are focused to lower the number of people living in poverty.
We provide presentations throughout our community on the findings of the ALICE Report, work with community partners to assist ALICE households, and use the data to inform our work.