Spokane County United Way is focused on financial stability, health, and education because they are all interconnected.  Providing access to nutritious foods frees up income to pay rent or utilities, and allows a child to focus at school instead of being hungry or thinking whether there will be food at home.  As many as 35% of working households in Spokane County do not earn enough money to meet their basic needs from month to month (ALICE, Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) and 16% of our community lives below the federal poverty level.

Our Goal

To reverse the poverty trend-line so that fewer members of our community live in poverty.

Our Strategy

Spokane County United Way invests in services that provide emergency or crisis intervention related to access to basic needs to prevent a financial crisis from escalating and working with families to create a more stable financial environment.  Our work assists families as they work to secure stable, affordable housing.  It supports job readiness services for family-sustaining employment, and provides services so that people can gain and sustain assets.  Our efforts bring the community together through workplace partnerships to assist lower-wage employees access to financial education, coaching, free tax preparation, banking services, and to build pathways to financial stability.

Learn more about our ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) research and data

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Find out more about United Way's efforts to prevent homelessness

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Additional Resources

Please review The ALICE Study, a financial hardship study of the Pacific Northwest which provides some background data on the financial challenges faced by many households in our community.