Mahalo to all who attended our virtual Conversation Series hosted by Aloha United Way. These conversations were designed to shine a light on Hawai‘i’s ALICE population. ALICE is an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed and it’s a new way to define and understand the households that earn above the Federal Poverty Level, but not enough to afford a bare-bones household budget.
Would you like to collaborate, advocate, and work together to generate solutions that promote financial stability and improve Hawai‘i’s communities and economy for ALICE? Learn more about how you can get involved by reading on, and watching the videos from the series below.
In these conversations, we discussed the latest cross-sector collaborative efforts to improve community conditions, the vision for the future, and how to get involved in the work.
ALICE - Innovation and Legislation:
August 26, 2021
Because the problems facing ALICE families are interconnected, effective solutions must be, too. Working toward these solutions require innovation and vision to recognize contributing factors and address the struggle. Together, community stakeholders — family, friends, nonprofits, businesses, and the government — can start to work together to build solutions. The ALICE Report offers metrics to count and understand ALICE, and to ultimately inform policy decisions to affect positive change for this growing portion of our population. Armed with this data, we aim to discuss legislative policies and priorities to change the dialogue about the impact on families, communities, and all of us.
Presenting agencies: Hawaiʻi Children's Action Network, Hawaiʻi Appleseed, Hawaiian Community Assets, The Pew Charitable Trusts
ALICE in the COVID-19 Era:
July 29, 2021
The rapid spread of COVID-19 has exposed critical shortcomings in our economy and in our systems of health care and education. In the midst of this crisis, the ALICE measures show how profoundly our most vulnerable households are being affected. Learn how partners are guiding policies and practices to help families weather the current crisis and what data suggests for the economic recovery.
Presenting agencies: Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, Goodwill Hawaii,
Hawaii Budget & Policy Center, Honolulu Habitat for Humanity, Hawai‘i HomeOwnership Center
ALICE - Our Friends, Neighbors and Ohana:
June 24, 2021
For far too many in Hawaiʻi, the cost of living outpaces what they earn. These ALICE households struggle to manage even their most basic needs: housing, food, transportation, child care, health care, and technology. This conversation focused on supporting the future success of our communities through collective impact work.
In this session, Hawaii Data Collaborative, Aloha United Way, and the following agencies presented, and engaged the community in discussion: Feed the Hunger Fund, Kōkua Kalihi Valley, Parents and Children Together and Waikīkī Community Center