ALICE® refers to the population in our communities that are Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.
The Alice population represents those like Christine and David who are working but it isn't enough to meet basic needs. Christine, is a single mother, raising two children alone. Christine worked hard to provide for her children, but unfortunately, they became homeless. Through the vicious cycle of payday loans she became trapped. Or David who stepped up without hesitation to care for his two children when his ex-wife became incapable of caring for them. But the remarkable part is that he also agreed to adopt her other three children- that were not biologically his. He now has five children under the age of seven. He is working two minimum wage jobs to make ends meet.
ALICE households are working households; they hold jobs, pay taxes, and provide services that are vital to the Florida economy in a variety of positions such as retail salespeople, customer service representatives, laborers and movers, and health care aides. The core issue is that these jobs do not pay enough to afford the basics of housing, child care, food, health care, and transportation.
At the same time, the cost of basic household necessities continues to rise. There are serious consequences for both ALICE households and their communities when these households cannot afford the basic necessities. 40% of Charlotte County households are walking a financial tightrope. They are forced to make difficult choices such as skipping preventative health care, accredited child care, healthy food, or car insurance.
Although this video is from New Jersey where 1/3 of residents are struggling, 40% of Charlotte County residents are facing the same issues month after month.