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Nearly half the households in Texas and Mid and South Jefferson County are struggling to afford basic necessities, according to the Texas ALICE Report.

 

ALICE is an acronym that stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. In partnership with the United Ways of Texas, United Way of Mid & South Jefferson County is releasing the Texas ALICE Report, which tracks struggling Texas households, and defines what it takes to reach stability in our community.  

The Federal Poverty Line (FPL) is an outdated calculation and no longer provides accurate information about the number of people facing hardship across the country. Using the best available information on those who are struggling, the Texas ALICE Report offers an enhanced set of tools for stakeholders to measure the real challenges ALICE households face in trying to make ends meet. The ALICE Project develops these resources in order to move beyond stereotypes and judgments of “the poor.” Instead, it encourages the use of data to inform programmatic and policy solutions for those households and their communities.

United Way MSJC is working to assist individuals and families doing their best to make ends meet. Our organization supports local programs that assist families facing a Healthy Community, Youth Opportunities, Financial Stability, and Community Resiliency challenges. 

We encourage other nonprofits, service groups, individuals and government entities to dig into the ALICE data to look for ways to better serve this population in our region. The ALICE data provides information for various family types for all 254 counties, including married couple, single adult/one child, two adults/two school-aged children, etc. For all ALICE data, include data on the surrounding parishes, you can visit this website.

If you would like to work together to help ALICE, please contact the United Way of Mid & South Jefferson County at (409) 729-4040