WHO IS ALICE?
ALICE has no safety net for emergencies
ALICE's income falls short of basic necessities
ALICE is working, but can't afford the cost of living
Aloha United Way commissioned ALICE: A STUDY OF FINANCIAL HARDSHIP IN HAWAI‘I to help identify those across our state who are struggling to make ends meet, and to understand the enormity of this issue and the obstacles these families and individuals in our communities face. ALICE is an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. In Hawaii, there are 148,771 ALICE households (33 percent), while another 41,619 households (9 percent) live below the poverty level. In total, 42% of Hawaii households are ALICE and below.
ALICE: A Study in Financial Hardship in Hawaii
ARE YOU ALICE?
ALICE lives in every town and neighborhood across Hawaii. ALICE exists in every ethnicity. They are our friends, family, and people we rely on every day. It takes just one crisis — loss of employment for a short period, an unexpected health emergency or car repair, an increase in monthly rent — to put these families and individuals at even greater risk of long-term problems like chronic health issues or loss of housing.
Are you ALICE? Know that you are not alone.