NATIONAL ALICE ADVISORY COUNCIL
A flourishing community starts with healthy, secure families. How different would Connecticut be if every working family earned enough to get ahead financially? What if families could meet not only their basic needs but also save for emergencies and their family’s future? Thriving families support local businesses and make our community stronger.
Connecticut’s United Ways are working in collaboration with United Ways in five other states to give an identity and voice to people in our communities who work hard yet still struggle to make ends meet; people who we call ALICE – Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. Individually and collectively, we rely on ALICE every day. ALICE is our co-workers, friends, neighbors and families. ALICE keeps Connecticut’s small businesses, corporations and nonprofit employers running and thriving.
About one-third of Connecticut residents are not earning enough to “get by” based on a Household Survival Budget that uses conservative estimates of monthly expenses for housing, child care, food, transportation, health care and taxes.