United for ALICE®

"OUR FAMILY LIVES PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK..."

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Our ALICE population represents hardworking people we interact with every day, who have a job -— or two or three — yet cannot afford basic necessities to remain stable and self-sufficient. ALICE are 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.

ALICE Fund

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.

ALICE by County

ALICE lives in every town and city across Hawai'i. ALICE exists in every ethnicity. They include child care providers, retail salespersons, waitstaff, cashiers, administrative assistants, janitors, housekeepers, landscapers, teaching assistants, mechanics, restaurant cooks and more. 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.

Hawai'i Counties, 2015

County Total Households % ALICE & Poverty
Hawai'i 64,201 55%
Honolulu 307,703 46%
Kaua'i 21,862 43%
Maui 52,134 51%

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WHAT DOES IT COST TO AFFORD THE BASIC NEEDS?
HOW COSTLY IS IT TO LIVE IN HAWAI'I?

The Household Survival Budget is the basis for the ALICE Threshold and quantifies the costs of the five basic essentials of housing, child care, food, transportation and health care.

  • The average annual Household Survival Budget for a four-person family living in Hawai'i is $72,336. This translates to an hourly wage of $36.17 for one parent or $18.09 per hour if both parents work.
  • The average annual Household Survival Budget for a single adult in Hawai'i is $28,128, which translates to an hourly wage of $14.06.
  • Housing represents a Hawai'i family’s greatest expense—an average of $1,362 per month for a two-bedroom apartment (Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development).

The bare-minimum Household Survival Budget does not allow for any savings, leaving a household vulnerable to unexpected expenses. Affording only a very modest living in each community, this budget is still significantly more than the adjusted 2015 Federal Poverty Level for Hawai‘i of $13,550 for a single adult and $27,890 for a family of four.*