Who is ALICE?

  • With the cost of living higher than what most people earn, ALICE families – an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed – have income above the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), but not high enough to afford a basic household budget that including housing, child care, food, transportation, and health care.
  • ALICE households live in every county in Maryland – urban, suburban, and rural – and they include women and men, young and old, and all races and ethnicities.
  • The ALICE population represents hardworking people we interact with every day: Marylanders who have a job – or two or three – yet cannot afford basic necessities to remain stable and self-sufficient.
  • The United Way ALICE Project provides a framework, language, and tools to measure and understand the struggles of the growing number of ALICE households in our communities.
  • This research initiative partners with state United Way chapters such as those in Maryland, to deliver research-based reports that can stimulate meaningful discussion, attract new partners, and ultimately inform strategies that effect positive change.

In 2018, a refresh report was completed. To review the new data for our area, please click below.

Allegany County

Garrett County

To read the 2016 report, please click here.