The reality that Connecticut has a higher percentage of affluent individuals and families than most other states often overshadows the fact that far too many residents face a very different reality –
and that far too many of us are unaware of how this affects the overall social and economic viability of our communities.
ALICE, Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed, is a study of the many hard working people in Connecticut not able to make ends meet. A flourishing community starts with healthy, secure families.
How different would Connecticut be if every working family earned enough to get ahead financially? What if families could meet not only their basic needs but also save for emergencies and their family’s future? Thriving families support local businesses and make our community stronger.
Who is Alice?
They are hardworking people who are struggling to make ends meet. ALICE is the thousands of people who are so vital to the state’s overall social and economic well-being.
In Connecticut, 1 in 4 households have earnings above the Federal Poverty Level but below a basic cost-of-living threshold.
The Connecticut ALICE Report documents the challenges facing ALICE families throughout our state, shining a light on this hidden population. ALICE families’ everyday hardships impact the wider community.
More affordable housing and child care options can help ALICE families make ends meet. Job training can help prepare ALICE families to successfully move up the ladder to better-paying jobs. More opportunity for high-quality education will ensure school and career success for their children.
By raising awareness about ALICE, sharing ALICE’s story, and stimulating an informed discussion among residents and leaders, we can advocate for the wellbeing of ALICE households and our communities.
Too many households are living "Paycheck to Paycheck."
The challenges faced by the ALICE population are not rooted in the attitudes and behaviors of individuals or families. While each ALICE family has its own set of unique circumstances, two primary factors emerge from this study that reflect a systemic social and economic challenge that impacts our state and the nation—the cost of living and the lack of family sustaining jobs.
In Connecticut there are more than 330,000 households living in our urban, suburban and rural communities with income above the Federal Poverty Level but below the state’s basic cost-of-living threshold as defined in the United Way ALICE Report.
Even with one of the highest median hourly wages in the country, 51 percent of jobs in Connecticut pay less than $20/hour ($40,000/year if full time).