Who is ALICE?

We all know ALICE – Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.

A.L.I.C.E – Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. ALICE is the growing number of households in our Milford community that do not earn enough to afford necessities. In Connecticut, more than 1 in 4 households have earnings above the Federal Poverty Level but below a basic cost-of-living threshold. Despite working hard, these households struggle to make ends meet. Combined, ALICE and Poverty households comprise 38% of all households in Milford, revealing that more than 1 in 3 Milford households cannot afford basic needs such as housing, child care, food, healthcare and transportation.

For struggling households in Milford and the State of Connecticut, low wages, tight budgets and limited savings often mean making tough financial choices. Working parents choose between quality child care and healthy food for their children. Young adults juggling multiple jobs with inconsistent schedules choose between expensive rent and a long commute to work. Aging adults approaching retirement weigh whether to ignore a car repair or forgo a needed trip to the doctor.

ALICE is our neighbor, friend, and family that work hard but struggle to pay their bills. Your donation will shine a light on financial hardships in our Milford community. ALICE is your nursing assistant, childcare worker, home health aide, car mechanic, security guard, teaching assistant, store clerk, and office assistant – workers essential to every community’s success, but who struggle to survive on what these jobs pay.

To make a donation please CLICK HERE.

Making Tough Choices:

Could you survive 30 days in the life of A.L.I.C.E.(Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed)? Take the making tough choices quiz and see if you could make the difficult financial choices each day that households in Connecticut with low wages, tight budgets and limited savings must make. Decisions such as working parents having to choose between quality child care and healthy food for their children. Aging adults approaching retirement weigh whether to ignore a car repair or forgo a needed trip to the doctors.

To access more information please visit or contact the Department of Human Services 203-783-3253.

Download: October 2016 Two-Year Update: ALICE Report

Download: June 2016 Update from United Way of Connecticut: Helping ALICE Families


NBC Connecticut’s Heidi Voight shares her story about growing up in a household with a single mother of five children and their daily struggles to make ends meet: View here.

In Connecticut:


This HBO documentary trailer for Paycheck to Paycheck “tells the moving story of a year in the life of one mother whose daily struggles illuminate the challenges faced by more than 42 million American women and the 28 million children who depend on them.”

The Facts

The updated 2016 Connecticut United Way’s ALICE Report reveals:

  • The composition of the ALICE population is men and women, young and old, of all races.
  • The breakdown of jobs in Connecticut by hourly wage (51 percent of jobs pay less than $20/hour) compared to what it costs to survive for a family of four (2 adults, 1 infant, 1 preschooler) – $70,788.
  • Every city and town in Connecticut has ALICE households. More than two-thirds of Connecticut’s cities and towns have at least one in five households that fit the ALICE definition for financial hardship.

The financial hardships that ALICE faces affect the overall social and economic stability of our communities. Click HERE to learn how Connecticut United Way Organizations are helping A.L.I.C.E. and strengthening our communities.

United Way and our Partners Help All Families

United Way wanted to understand why many hard working people still struggle financially. We wanted to understand how this struggle affected their lives and limited their opportunities and choices. Finally, we wanted an objective, research-based look at how this financial hardship impacted our community as a whole.

What is our United Way Doing to Help ALICE Families?