Why is AliceALICE so important for United Way and our Communities?

  • Goal:  Understanding ALICE helps us to know our communities better and to coalesce around successful approaches to improve community conditions for ALICE.
  • Objective:  Reflect the true magnitude of need in our communities and align strategic initiatives to current ALICE data.

ACROSS MICHIGAN, NEARLY 40 PERCENT OF HOUSEHOLDS STRUGGLE TO AFFORD THE BASIC NECESSITIES OF HOUSING, CHILD CARE, FOOD, HEALTH CARE AND TRANSPORTATION.

That’s why United Ways across Michigan, with help from the Consumers Energy Foundation, have come together to bring you the ALICE Project. Standing for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed – ALICE represents those in our communities who are working yet still struggling to make ends meet.

The ALICE Report is the most comprehensive depiction of need in Michigan to date. By unveiling new metrics including the ALICE Threshold, Household Survival Budget and Economic Viability Dashboard, our communities now have the proper tools to discuss need around the state.


The United Way ALICE Report reveals:

  • In our region, nearly 40% of all households fall at or below the ALICE Threshold
  • Unemployment is above the state average of 7.2% with an average of 8.1% across our region
  • 39% of homeowners and 44% of renters in our region spend over 30% of their income on housing, making other basic neccesites less accessible
  • Across our region, families spend more than 25% of their income on childcare

We can do better. The new ALICE report is available now!

See the links below to access local reports and fast facts:

Alice Fast Facts

Antrim ALICE

Benzie ALICE

Kalkaska ALICE

Grand Traverse ALICE

Leelanau ALICE

Click here to access State ALICE Data