On Tuesday, March 23, the Michigan Association of United Ways (MAUW) is releasing a new report on the state’s ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) population. The report spotlights new data showing the magnitude of need of families across the state. It also helps us understand our collective role to help improve conditions for ALICE in Michigan.
All are invited to tune into Michigan United Ways’ Facebook page tomorrow from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for the updated ALICE report reveal.
“This is a population we know well—the many hardworking families who have an income below the ALICE Threshold,” said Holly Miller, president and CEO of United Way of Midland County. “We are committed to understanding the need and investing in resources that support these individuals and families. This report provides insights and identifies ways we can advocate at a state and local level to fill in the gaps.”
The ALICE Project is the result of the collaboration between United Ways across Michigan, with help from the Consumers Energy Foundation and support from Michigan legislators. Updated every two years, this is the fourth ALICE report released to the public since 2015.
The data shines a light on many in our state who work hard at jobs that don’t cover what it costs to make ends meet. These residents have an income above the Federal Poverty Level, but still struggle to afford the basic household necessities: housing, child care, food, health care, technology, and transportation.
This year’s ALICE Report Launch Event will feature notable speakers, including:
- Governor Gretchen Whitmer
- Senator Jim Stamas
- Carolyn Bloodworth, Consumers Energy Foundation
- Michiganders sharing their personal stories, including a community member from Midland
Sen. Stamas said United Way’s ALICE Project shines a light on the real problems facing real Michigan families.
“Thousands of people across our state—ALICE households—have been hit hard in the pandemic and the state’s ongoing restrictions,” Stamas said. “Many of these households are workers providing for their families and are critical to our state’s success. They should never have to choose between paying their childcare, healthcare, car insurance and putting food on the table. I am proud that we have continued focused investment in the state’s budget and in the Covid-19 relief efforts to support these families.”
Miller added that United Way places a high priority on serving as a voice and advocate for programs and people that serve ALICE.
“In the next coming weeks, follow our United Way of Midland County Facebook page and website as we share the new ALICE report with localized data, stories and statistics that help spotlight how United Way has—and will continue to—support ALICE,” she said.