We have all seen the devastation that hurricanes, super storms and torrential rains can cause to communities but effects of other types of storms are not always quite as clear. A decade long economic decline capped by the Great Recession hit Michigan with hurricane force, destabilizing families statewide. At a closer glance, you will see that far too many working Michigan residents are unable to afford life’s basic necessities. To better understand the barriers that prevent residents from achieving their potential and financial stability, Capital Area United Way joined with several other United Ways to produce for a first time, a statewide ALICE Report. This report is an objective, data-driven, comprehensive research project that highlights the number of households who are unable to afford life’s basic necessities – food, housing, clothing, transportation. United Way calls this population ALICE - ALICE is an acronym that stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.


ALICE is working and paying taxes like the rest of us. ALICE represents the men and women of all ages and races who get up each day to go to work, but who aren’t sure if they’ll be able to put dinner on the table each night. They are our child care workers, our mechanics, our home health aides, store clerks, and office assistants – all workers essential to our community’s success.

Learn about Household Survival Budgets and Household Stability Budgets and how too many Michigan residents are struggling every day to exist on a Survival Budget, barely earning enough to afford the basics.


Download the United Way ALICE Report HERE that highlights the economic challenges of how and why so many families are struggling financially.