The United Way has released a remarkable study about ALICE - our neighbors who are Asset Limited, Income Constrained, and Employed.
"ALICE is your child care worker, your parent on Social Security, the cashier at your supermarket, a home health aide, an office clerk. ALICE cannot always pay the bills, has little or nothing in savings, and is forced to make tough choices such as deciding between quality child care or paying the rent. One unexpected car repair or medical bill can push these financially strapped families over the edge."
40% of Vermonters are ALICE, unable to afford a bare-bones household budget of housing, childcare, food, transportation and health care. 43% of Windham County residents fit this description. The study tells the stories of impossible choices our neighbors make.
We must do better.