ALICE Report details families in region who struggle with basic needs

ALICE Report details families in region who struggle with basic needs

Monday, April 17, 2017

“It’s expensive to be poor” was a comment that summed up a recent presentation of new data from United Way of Florida on families in our state and our region who may live above the poverty line but struggle daily to stay there.

United Way’s 2017 ALICE report — ALICE stands for “Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed” — was released in February. It found that 58% of households in DeSoto County households, 43% in Manatee, 33% in Sarasota live below the ALICE threshold, or the basic cost of living.

A Sarasota Herald-Tribune story about an April 14 discussion of the data with Sarasota and Manatee county leaders and organizations detailed the “vicious cycle” that ALICE families can find themselves in.

The full 2017 ALICE report can be found here.