NEW - 2020 Wisconsin ALICE Report
The 2020 ALICE in Wisconsin: A Financial Hardship Study was released on Monday, June 27.
To read the full report, click here, and to read Manitowoc County's county-wide data, click here.
Also of note is this Fact Sheet: Financial Hardship in Black Households: The ALICE Data
Click here to visit the NEW interactive dashboard. On the dashboard, you will find a host of interactive tools to better understand ALICE in your community. Interactive features include pages showing how household budgets vary by type and location, demographics tools to explore the composition of ALICE households across the state, community indicators that show the percentage of ALICE households alongside additional community data and much more!
ALICE, an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, is a new way of defining and understanding the struggles of households that earn above the Federal Poverty Level, but not enough to afford basic necessities.
For far too many families, the cost of living outpaces what they earn. Yet these workers perform jobs that are critical to the functioning of local communities - educating our children, keeping us healthy, and making our quality of life possible. When funds run short, these households are forced to make impossible choices, such as deciding between quality child care or paying the rent, filling a prescription or fixing the car. These short-term decisions have long-term consequences not only for ALICE families, but for all of us. The future success of our communities is directly tied to the financial stability of these fragile ALICE households.
ALICE in the Time of COVID-19
The release of this ALICE Report for Wisconsin comes during an unprecedented crisis - the COVID-19 pandemic. While our world changed significantly in March 2020 with the impact of this global, dual health and economic crisis, ALICE remains central to the story in every U.S. community. The pandemic has exposed exactly the issues of economic fragility and widespread hardship that the ALICE data and United Way Manitowoc County work to reveal.
That exposure makes the ALICE data and analysis more important than ever. The ALICE Report for Wisconsin presents the latest ALICE data available - a point-in-time snapshot of the economic conditions across the state in 2018. By showing how many Wisconsin households were struggling then, the ALICE Research provides the backstory for why the COVID-19 crisis is having such a devastating economic impact.
Learn More About ALICE
United Way Manitowoc County is part of the grassroots movement of hundreds of local United Ways across the country in partnership with Rutgers University on documenting financial need through the ALICE study. To read past studies, click below.