There is a basic belief in America that if you work hard, you can support your family. Yet the data presented in The United Way ALICE Report released on July 17, 2017 shows that this is not the case for nearly half of Southwest Virginia families.
The United Way ALICE Report provides a comprehensive picture of financial need in Virginia, beyond traditional federal poverty guidelines. The 322-page Report shows data at a county and city level for the entire state to bring awareness to part of our population known as ALICE, an acronym coined by United Way that stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. The ALICE population represents those of us (men, women, and families) who work hard and earn more than the official Federal Poverty Level, but less than the basic cost of living.
In United Way of Southwest Virginia’s service area, the number of ALICE households is as high as 35%. The ALICE rate, combined with a poverty rate at 24%, shows that as many as 59% of households in our region cannot afford the basic cost of living.
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