ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. The United Way term represents the growing number of hardworking individuals and families across Louisiana and the nation who are working but unable to afford the basic household necessities, including housing, child care, health care, food and transportation.
Do you know ALICE?
Of course you do. ALICE is everywhere. From Amite to Arabi, Belle Chasse to Bogalusa, Mandeville to Marrero, the east bank to the west bank of New Orleans - ALICE lives in the wonderful mosaic of communities that make up Southeast Louisiana. ALICE represents community members working in jobs that are needed, but don’t always pay enough to afford the basics, such as our child care teachers, home health aides, mechanics, store clerks, office assistants and more. ALICE is men and women of all ages and races. ALICE is your customers, constituents, neighbors - even family members and friends. ALICE is the ‘working poor’.
United Way of Southeast of Lousiana President & CEO, Michael Williamson, was recently invited to present our findings on ALICE along with our plan to move people out of poverty to the St. Tammany Department of Health and Human Services. Please view the presentation.