ALICE IN FOCUS
CHILDREN IN FINANCIAL HARDSHIP
No child should grow up without access to the resources and opportunity to meet their potential.
The reality is that between families in poverty and those who are ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed), almost half (49%) of children in the U.S. in 2019 lived in households with income below the ALICE Threshold, struggling to afford essentials in the communities where they lived.
The ALICE in Focus: Children report shows that there are 232,168 ALICE children in Broward County and 2,400,000 in the state of Florida.
Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE) households earn more than the Federal Poverty Level, but less than the basic cost of living for the county (the ALICE Threshold). Watch the video here.
INCOME DISPARITY IN OUR COMMUNITY
Broward County families who live below the ALICE threshold do not have the resources they need to pay for rent, child care, and other essentials.
Poverty during the last decade
As the cost of living rises in Florida, more families are unable to afford their basic needs and have fallen below the ALICE threshold.
demographics of alice families
ALICE families are our home health aides, teacher assistants, and bus drivers, among others. They work hard but still do not earn enough to support their families. For ALICE households, the cost of living in Broward County outweighs what they earn, forcing thousands of families to make difficult choices every day.
alice households struggle to meet their basic needs
The ALICE Household Survival Budget is an estimate of the minimal total cost of household essentials — housing, child care, food, transportation, health care, and technology, plus taxes and miscellaneous expenses. ALICE households earn less than the threshold set by the household survival budget, making it difficult to secure basic necessities. But since ALICE households earn more than the Federal Poverty Level, they don’t benefit from assistance programs.
Robert is a single adult living in Broward County, where he works full-time in retail sales. He makes $11.02/hour, the median wage for his profession in Florida.
Maria is a 67-year-old retiree living in Broward County. She worked for 25 years as a home health aide and now lives off a fixed income from Social Security. Maria receives $1,544 each month from Social Security, the average monthly benefits for retired workers.
MEET THE JACKSONS
The Jacksons are a family of four living in Broward County. Jenny and Doug are parents to four-year-old Jack and two-year-old Alex, who are both in childcare. Jenny and Doug both work full-time as a hairstylist and bus driver, respectively. They each earn $16 per hour.