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ALICE in New Jersey

Facebook Twitter For a growing number of New Jersey households, the struggle to survive has become a way of life. Every day, families make tough choices such as deciding between quality child care and paying the rent.

According to the latest United Way of Northern New Jersey ALICE Report, 1.2 million households in New Jersey are unable to afford the state’s high cost of living. That number includes those living in poverty and the population called ALICE, which stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.

ALICE households represent men and women of all ages and races who are working, but unable to afford the basic necessities of housing, food, child care, health care and transportation. They are child care workers, mechanics, home health aides, and office assistants – workers New Jerseyans rely on every day.

What is United Way of Northern New Jersey Doing for ALICE?

ALICE is a real and significant population; by ignoring ALICE, we risk the future well-being of all our communities. Please join us in raising awareness about ALICE and continuing the dialogue among community leaders about how, together, we can provide ALICE an opportunity to succeed.

We are raising awareness that ALICE not only exists here in New Jersey, but is growing, and that ALICE's struggles affect the economic well-being of all residents. We are shedding light on the underlying causes keeping ALICE from succeeding.

United Way currently works to provide some short-, medium-, and long-term solutions for ALICE, such as:

  • Scholarships to access quality child care, because we know this solid foundation leads to success in both school and life. Learn more about our education initiatives.
  • Resources for unpaid caregivers, who put their own health and financial stability on the line to care for loved ones. Learn more about our health initiatives.
  • Free tax preparation, alleviating costly fees for ALICE and bringing hard-earned money back into the economy. Learn more about our income initiatives.

There is no one "silver bullet" that will make the difference. However, through our ALICE Reports, we have provided a nonpartisan tool that business, government, nonprofits, the faith-based community and residents can use to work together to improve conditions for ALICE and all residents.

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