Poverty is one of the key economic influencers of our region and its impact on our workforce can be felt by businesses and the community as a whole. The growing ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) population is made up of those who are earning above the federal poverty line, but not enough to afford a basic household budget of housing, child care, food, transportation, and health care. In order for us to reduce the number of families that live in poverty and the ALICE population, access to economic opportunity is critical. However, with nearly half of the population in our region falling into ALICE or below, they're unable to stimulate the economy with purchasing power. They're making tough decisions every day that make it more difficult to advance themselves and better their families.
Please take a moment to read 'ALICE: The Consequences of Insufficient Household Income' and listen to #LiveUnited Radio below. It's easy to understand why we're fighting for the health, education, and financial stability of every person on our community. This fight is directed at the root causes of poverty that effect us all and we're committed to ending this generational cycle of poverty to create vibrant and equitable communities for us all.