ALICE® are people who are working, doing everything they can to make ends meet yet struggle to get by each month. 37% of Hawaii’s population is living just above the federal poverty level and are often unable to survive even a minor financial challenge. There are few substantial programs in place to help or prevent ALICE from slipping into poverty.
Aloha United Way established the ALICE Fund to tackle the issues that cause financial instability for these individuals and families. Through transformative initiatives that bring together people, resources and sustainable solutions, the ALICE Fund strives to enhance the financial stability of our ALICE ohana to make our community stronger and more resilient.
Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement
Program: Increase Earning Potential Program
Description: Establishes an institute as pipeline to middle-skill careers that do not require post-secondary degrees, such as police, plumber, stevedore, electrician, niche-market farmer. The institute will serve 100 people annually in as many as 4 different career tracks per year.
Feed the Hunger Foundation
Program: Asset Building Through Food Security
Description: Increases economic vitality and food security through loans and networks of support for food entrepreneurs. Provides loans to 92 entrepreneurs over 3 years, as well as technical assistance to increase financial acumen and operational capabilities.
Goodwill Industries of Hawaii, Inc.
Program: Careers Pathways Program
Description: Partners with UH community colleges and vocational training providers to support 100 ALICE clients per year to access post-secondary education, job readiness training, financial literacy, job placement, job retention services, and tax assistance.
Hawaii Children’s Action Network / Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice / PHOCUSED
Program: ALICE Policy Hui
Description: A group of nonprofits developing a common advocacy and policy agenda to advance laws and policies that support ALICE interests.
Hawaii HomeOwnership Center
Program: Financial Capabilities and Soft Skills Pilot Program
Description: Offers financial literacy workshops and coaching sessions that include attention to participant engagement for 180 individuals annually. Tests results from group vs individual coaching. Includes incentives to encourage money management skills.
Hawaiian Community Assets Inc.
Program: Financial Opportunity Centers
Description: Establishes centers in Honolulu and Waianae that provide bundled services to 500 ALICE families over 3 years. Services offered through public and private partnerships include financial coaching, career training, small business training, public benefits applications, tax preparation, match savings, and loans.
Honolulu Habitat for Humanity
Program: Affordable Home Ownership in Waimanalo
Description: Leads volunteers to construct 24 homes for up to 144 individuals. Provides ongoing financial literacy support to partner families.
Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services
Program: Strengthening Resilience of ALICE Elders and Caregivers in Kalihi
Description: Pilot tests a homegrown workforce development program to train 30 ALICE clients per year from Kalihi as in-home care providers. Following training, 1-5 trainees per year will be hired and mentored by KKV to continue increasing both career and financial capability skills. Provides respite care to 180 elders. Creates and leads Kalihi Care Coalition.
Parents and Children Together
Program: Family and Economic Development Center
Description: Using the Bridges to Sustainable Communities model, leads discourse in the community on upstream and downstream effects of poverty. Partners with 3-7 cross-sector employers to upskill 240-360 ALICE employees. Develops referral networks among employers to identify and meet needs most relevant to ALICE workers.
Waikiki Community Center
Program: Senior Employment Project
Description: Partners with businesses to create an employment agency focused on job skills training and employment placement for 90 individuals age 50 and older. The staffing agency uses a market-based model to sustain itself, charging employers for placement of qualified staff.