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ALICE, a United Way acronym which stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, represents the growing number of individuals and families who are working, but are unable to afford the basic necessities of housing, food, child care, health care, and transportation.

Through a series of new, standardized measurements, United Way is quantifying the size of the workforce in each state that is struggling financially, and the reasons why. These measurements provide a broader picture of financial insecurity than traditional federal poverty guidelines.

  • See the full ALICE in the Pacific Northwest Study here, published in late 2015. Also, there are accompanying state level Executive Summaries from Idaho, Oregon and Washington

  • Visit to learn more about the national study. 

  • See the recently released multi state comparison here and the accompanying Economic Vitality Dashboard here.

  • See updated County Pages for Idaho, Oregon and Washington that were published in 2016.


ALICE workers are essential to the fabric of our society. ALICE works in jobs that are integral to our communities, from child care educators and home health aides to mechanics – all workers we rely on every day.

The future success of our communities is directly tied to the financial stability of ALICE households. When ALICE suffers and is forced to make difficult choices, we all face serious consequences.

What are we doing about ALICE?

By highlighting the significant ALICE population in SE Idaho, a fresh, nonpartisan, dialogue has started about opportunities to improve residents’ lives and strengthen our communities.  Community partners including government agencies, nonprofits and corporations are also making use to this new data to improve the lives of ALICE families.  We recognized the importance of turning this into a win by serving as the backbone of a newly launched Cradle to Career partnership.  Learn more by calling United Way of Southeastern Idaho today.