Basic Needs

Data Dive: Takeaways from the 2018 ALICE Report

Vanessa Greenslade, PhD, is United Way of Southeast Louisiana’s resident research and data expert. Vanessa works with our Community Impact team to bring a data-driven approach to our fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person.

The updated United Way ALICE Report for Louisiana, released earlier this month, shows nearly 1 in 2 Southeast Louisiana (SELA) households (47 percent) struggled to make ends meet in 2016. 

Williamson’s Notes: Consequences of ALICE

The United Way ALICE Project, a groundbreaking study on financial hardship, revealed in 2016 that more than 50 million U.S. households struggle to afford necessities like health care, housing, food, child care, transportation, taxes, and a smart phone.

ALICE – Asset, Limited, Income Constrained, Employed – is a term for households who earn above the Federal Poverty Level, but not enough to cover a basic household survival budget.

Closely Monitoring Tropical Storm Nate

UWSELA is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Nate. As we wait to learn more about the impending storm’s potential path and impact to Southeast Louisiana, the disaster response team at United Way of Southeast Louisiana want to encourage you to prepare your household for potential threats from Tropical Storm Nate. Those preparing for and impacted by Nate in the coming days can find vital, FREE resources to become weather ready, make informed decisions and speed their recovery here.

United We Give Blood Drive

Hurricane Harvey’s arrival in the middle of the annual summertime bloodshortage amplified the critical need for donors across the country. UWSELA is extending this opportunity to the public to provide a cost-free option for those who’d like to give back to neighbors in Texas and Louisiana.

Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be 17 years old – or 16 years old and 130 pounds with parental consent – and be in good health.

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United We Give Blood Drive, hosted by UWSELA

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2017 EFSP Funds

FUNDS AVAILABLE TO NON-PROFITS IN ORLEANS PARISH

Orleans Parish has been awarded Federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency in the amount of $198,635. These funds must be used to supplement food, shelter, rent-mortgage and utility assistance efforts in ongoing programs to assist people with economic emergencies unrelated to disasters.

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Insights From a United Way Intern

I’m a senior at Birmingham-Southern College graduating with a degree in Global Comparative Studies and Spanish. When I began weighing my options for how to spend my final term (a four week “semester” at BSC where students can take a class on campus, participate in a travel project, do some sort of independent study, or just take the month off!) I realized that it was time for me to get some real world experience and do something outside of the classroom.

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