You may download a copy of the ALICE report here. Below is a letter to the community, also featured in the full report:
Communities across Wisconsin are concerned with families, jobs, and economic stability. We know that education, financial stability, and access to quality health care can improve circumstances and increase household stability. We also know that every day hardworking individuals and families are struggling to get by. How different would Wisconsin be if every individual and family was not only able to meet their basic needs, but also able to save for emergencies and their family’s future? Wisconsin communities would not only be stronger, but thriving – with individuals and businesses supporting each other.
United Ways throughout Wisconsin, in partnership with 14 other states, are giving an identity and a voice to these members of our community. These hardworking people are too often overlooked but are fighting to achieve financial security; people who we call ALICE – Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. You may not realize it, but you already know ALICE. You see ALICE every day – hard workers who keep our economy running – working behind cash registers, fixing our cars, and caring for our young and our elderly.
Through the preparation of this report we have learned that 42 percent of Wisconsin households are not earning enough to “get by”. While ALICE families are working hard, they are forced to make tough financial decisions, and are only one unexpected bill away from financial crisis. This report shares the research that illustrates the depth and breadth of ALICE in Wisconsin – county by county – based on a Household Survival Budget that uses conservative estimates of monthly expenses for housing, child care, food, transportation, health care, and taxes.
United Way’s goal is to create long-lasting change by addressing the underlying causes of our communities’ problems. We hope you will join us to better understand the challenges so many face and identify solutions that will strengthen ALICE and Wisconsin.
We ask that you read and share this report to raise awareness about ALICE. It will take everyone working together to create a brighter future for ALICE, and for all of us. Please join us today by contacting your local United Way, and together we will build a stronger and more prosperous Wisconsin.
Charlene Mouille (Executive Director, United Way of Wisconsin)
Sue Wilcox (President, United Way of Wisconsin Board of Directors)”