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
Increase Earning Potential Program
Establishes an institute as a pipeline to middle-skill careers that do not require post-secondary degrees. Serves people in different career tracks.
Feed the Hunger Foundation
Asset Building Through Food Security
Increases economic vitality and food security through loans and networks of support for food entrepreneurs. Provides business loans and technical assistance to increase financial acumen and operational capabilities.
Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services
Strengthening Resilience of ALICE Elders and Caregivers in Kalihi
Trains ALICE clients from Kalihi as in-home respite care providers and certified nursing assistants. Hires and mentors trainees to continue increasing both career and financial capability skills.
Hawaii Children’s Action Network / Hawai'i Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice
ALICE Policy Hui
A group of nonprofits building a unified voice for Hawaii’s ALICE population through education and advocacy for policy development and systems level change.
Hawai'i Home Ownership Center
Financial Capabilities and Soft Skills
Offers financial literacy workshops and coaching sessions for individuals and groups. Includes incentives to encourage money management skills to reduce debt and build assets.
Waikiki Community Center
Senior Employment Project
Partners with businesses to create an employment agency focused on job skills training and employment placement for individuals age 50+.
Hawaiian Community Assets Inc.
Financial Opportunity Centers
Establishes centers in Honolulu and Waianae to provide bundled services to ALICE families over 3 years. Public and private partnership services include financial coaching, career and small business training, access to public benefits, match savings accounts, and loans.
Goodwill Industries of Hawaii, Inc.
Career Pathways Program
Partners with UH community colleges and vocational training providers to support ALICE clients to access post-secondary education, job readiness training, financial literacy, job placement, job retention services, and tax assistance.
Parents and Children Together
Family and Economic Development Center
Leads discourse in the community on upstream and downstream effects of poverty. Partners with cross-sector employers to upskill ALICE employees. Develops referral networks among employers.
Honolulu Habitat for Humanity
Affordable Home Ownership in Waimanalo
Changes lives by providing families access to affordable housing, works with community volunteers to construct homes, and offer ongoing financial literacy support.