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ALICE® Report: A Study of Financial Hardship in Maryland

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

United Way ALICE® Report

ALICE is an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. The earnings of Maryland ALICE individuals and families are not enough to support a “survival budget” that is more than twice the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).

The ALICE Report, released by United Ways throughout the state of Maryland, reveals that nearly 750,000 households—more than a third—in Maryland can’t afford the state’s high cost of living and don’t earn enough to afford basic necessities.  The report provides a framework, language and tools to measure and address the struggles of the growing number of ALICE households in Maryland.


“This report strongly supports United Way of Central Maryland’s vision to provide the building blocks for long-term self-sufficiency—housing, employment, health and education—for those in need throughout our region. But we can’t do it alone. We need the help of our supporters and volunteers to help us put more Maryland families on the path to stability.”

–Franklyn Baker, President and CEO, United Way of Central Maryland

Percent ALICE in Maryland

onemainfinancial-logo-webFunding for the United Ways of Maryland ALICE report was made possible by OneMain® Financial.

WHO IS ALICE?

ALICE represents our hardworking neighbors in need. ALICE holds positions such as cashiers, administrative and nursing assistants, waiters/waitresses, laborers and security guards and jobs in the retail and food industries. Vital to our state’s future economic well-being, they face barriers beyond their control that limit their ability to become financially stable and self-sufficient.

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“We make too much to get help, but not enough to survive.”

What does it cost to afford the basics?

The ALICE Household Survival Budget accounts for the actual costs of basic necessities in Maryland. See a breakdown of what it costs to afford the basics in the report.

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MOM STRUGGLES TO AFFORD THE BASICS FOR HER FAMILY

Resources and Media

For more insight on central Maryland’s struggling families, view the central Maryland-At-a-Glance report or select a specific county.


To read about ALICE throughout Maryland, please select from these counties.

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