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ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed)

With the cost of living higher than what most wages pay, ALICE families work hard and earn above the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), but do not earn enough to afford a basic household budget consisting of

  • housing,
  • child care,
  • food,
  • transportation and
  • health care.

In Charlotte County 34% of households* fall into the category of ALICE, while another 11% of Charlotte County households live at Federal Poverty Level, meaning that close to half (45%) are struggling to meet
basic needs.

*Approximately 33,816 ALICE families



*In Charlotte County 40% of our residents are struggling from month to month.

Charlotte County Community Needs Assessment

In August 2012, the United Way of Charlotte County, Charlotte County Human Services and the Charlotte County Community Foundation formed a partnership to conduct a community needs assessment. The partnership was formed after the three agencies noted a significant increase in community need, particularly since the economic recession began in 2007.

A comprehensive study, such as this one, has not been conducted in more than ten years. In that time Charlotte County was deeply affected by the hurricanes of 2004, and the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. As such, the community saw a significant loss of jobs in the community, in particular, the construction industry,  and an increase in those living at or below the poverty line.

The purpose of this study was to help identify the most significant needs within the community and to identify the gaps in services being offered.  At a time when funding cuts are the norm, it is crucial that the resources available are directed towards the community's greatest needs and towards programs that will have the greatest impact on all citizens.

Additional Community Data & Statistics

Community Resources

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