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Nearly one-third of northern New Jersey households are walking a financial tight rope, unable to meet expenses, deal with unexpected hardships, and save for the future. United Way of Northern New Jersey calls these struggling families and individuals ALICE® – Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.
ALICE represents very real people who are essential to the success of our community – cashiers, child care providers, health care aides, bank tellers, and more. While we depend on these services, the people who provide them cannot meet the high cost of living in our area.
United Way is helping low-income families set a more positive course and achieve financial independence through financial literacy and free services like tax preparation. We are also working to ensure everyone in our communities has access to the support they need for getting and keeping a job with a livable wage.
The whole community benefits when more working individuals and families are able to stop walking a financial tightrope and get on solid ground...And United Way helps them get there! We do this important work by looking beyond temporary fixes to find solutions that result in long-term, sustainable change for individuals and families. Everything we do is to help ALICE at three key points – now, in the near term, and with an eye to a better and more stable future.
Click here to learn how United Way Gateways to Financial Empowerment helps people become financially stable.
Click here to learn how United Way Family-Sustaining Employment helps individuals access jobs with good wages.