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Improve Life for ALICE®

At United Way of Northern New Jersey, we believe that improving life for all begins with improving life for ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed).

When nearly 900,000 New Jersey households are working, but cannot afford to make ends meet – the definition of ALICE – we are all at risk.

That’s why we Live United against the barriers keeping ALICE and those in poverty from achieving financial stability.

Join us in fighting for change for ALICE, strengthening the backbone of our community and  economy. 

Blueprint for Change

United Way provides a platform for people to advocate for meaningful change. United Way’s Public Policy Agenda outlines state and federal governmental policies that fight for the health, education, and financial stability of ALICE and all in our community.

United Way Stands up for ALICE

United Way is advocating for policy changes that would make a meaningful difference for those earning incomes below the ALICE Threshold and all in our community. See below for recent examples.

  • Read our testimony asking New Jersey's Legislature to provide matching funds to support free tax preparation programs for ALICE and families in poverty.
  • Read our letter asking Congress to support making VITA a permanent grant program with $30 million in funding.
  • Read our letter to U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez that call for improvements to the existing health care law.
  • Read our testimony before New Jersey’s Senate and Assembly budget committees requesting an increase in the state’s child care subsidy program.
  • Read our letter asking Congress to shore up funding for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance so that we can better provide free tax preparation services in our region.
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