In 2018, United Ways of Texas partnered with the United Way of Greater Houston to bring the ALICE report to Texas. ALICE, which stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, places a spotlight on a large population of hardworking people who work at low-paying jobs, have little or no savings — and are one emergency from falling into poverty.
Between 2007 and 2018, Texas experienced steady economic improvements according to traditional measures. Unemployment in the state, as well as across the U.S., fell to historic lows, GDP grew, and wages rose slightly. Yet in 2018, 44% of households still struggled to make ends meet. While 14% of these struggling households were living below the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), another 30% were ALICE. These households earned above the FPL, but not enough to afford basic household necessities.
This report is to bring awareness to the 44% of Texans that fall below the ALICE threshold. UWT is proud to have released the updated ALICE report: