Across Tennessee, 47 percent of households struggle to afford the basic necessities of housing, child care, food, health care and transportation.
United Ways of Tennessee launched a statewide data project, ALICE, which provides a comprehensive measure of financial hardship across our state. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.
The ALICE report tells the story of our community members who are going to work but are still struggling to survive, through a standardized methodology that assesses the cost of living in every county. ALICE is our neighbors, friends, and family who may earn more than the official Federal Poverty Level, but still cannot afford the basic necessities for their family.
ALICE lives in every county in Tennessee – including our own. Equipped with this data, United Way of Monroe County can convene, advocate, and innovate with our partners and community members to highlight the issues faced by ALICE households and to generate solutions which help them on their path to financial stability.
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