United for Alice®

ASSET LIMITED | INCOME CONSTRAINED | EMPLOYED

MORE THAN 1 MILLION HOUSEHOLDS IN ILLINOIS STRUGGLE TO AFFORD THE BASIC NECESSITIES OF HOUSING, CHILD CARE, FOOD, TRANSPORTATION, HEALTH CARE, & TECHNOLOGY

What is the ALICE Report?

To better understand the growing financial struggles many households face across the state of Illinois, United Way of Illinois joined a nationwide research initiative. United for ALICE—Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed—is a grassroots movement that brings together United Ways, foundations, academic institutions, corporations, and other state organizations to present data that can help inform strategies for positive community change.

ALICE represents our neighbors, loved ones, friends, and acquaintances who are living above the poverty line, but do not earn enough to afford the necessities of housing, child care, food, transportation, health care, and technology. Despite recent positive signs in national economic indicators, the data in the Illinois ALICE report shows that financial hardship remains a challenge for many Illinois’ households.

36% of Illinois’ Households

are walking a financial tightrope, with incomes that can’t afford the cost of living

  • 36% 36%

40% of Illinois’ Households

do not have any money set aside to cover a ‘rainy day’ in 2017.

  • 40% 40%

The Household Survival Budget rose

27% to $19,212 ($9.61/hourly) annually
for a single adult

  • 27% 27%

38% to $57,144 ($28.57/hourly)
for a family of four with an infant and preschooler.

  • 38% 38%

How is United Way Supporting ALICE?

An Investment of Time, Energy, & Resources in ALICE is an Investment in our Communities

At United Way of Illinois, we believe we can – and must – find ways to help all of our neighbors thrive. ALICE is the backbone of our communities, working hard but often having to face difficult choices to make ends meet such as skipping preventative health care, avoiding healthy food options, not purchasing insurance or being able to save for the future.

The difficult choices ALICE households face not only threaten the individuals forced to make the decisions but can also threaten the strength and vitality of our state. United Way of Illinois and its members across the state must work with local social service providers, business and faith leaders, and our partners in state and local government to address the needs of ALICE.

ALICE Report Resources

Download the Executive Summary

Download the full ALICE report

Click Here to explore data by county

Explore additional ALICE Reports at unitedforalice.org