The Mississippi United Way Association released the “ALICE in Mississippi” Report on Tuesday, August 24. The report, generated in partnership with United for ALICE and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, focuses on an what the United Way feels is an often overlooked and underserved economic demographic - people that are just one emergency away from poverty.
ALICE stands for “asset limited, income constrained, employed” and primarily includes Mississippi residents that work at low-paying jobs but have little to no savings.
“This report provides groundbreaking information on the state of those unable to make ends meet in Mississippi,” said Traci Fowler, CEO of the United Way of Southeast Mississippi. “It points out the difference between those who live in poverty and those who work hard, earning above the poverty threshold and not qualifying for assistance and yet are not able to make ends meet.”
According to the ALICE Report, 35% of Forrest County and 25% of Lamar County households qualified as ALICE in 2019. Researchers also found that single mother families are particularly vulnerable to falling in this demographic.
“The ALICE Report helps us determine how we can assist families who are Asset Limited Income Constrained and Employed to become more economically stable,” Fowler Said.
To see the full report, visit the Mississippi United Way website: msunitedway.org/Alice.