45% of Florida households are walking a financial tightrope.  They are working hard but falling short of what they need to consistently cover the basic costs of living.  Unable to save for the future, they are vulnerable to a single emergency that can push them into crisis and even poverty.

ALICE refers to the population in our communities that are Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.  The ALICE population represents those among us who are working, but due to childcare costs, transportation challenges, high cost of living and so much more are living paycheck to paycheck.

To achieve lasting change, we must first understand the population of families that are working hard but falling short in each of our communities and across Florida.  We commissioned the United Way ALICE Report to better understand this challenged and often overlooked population and provide each local United Way with data to promote stronger and more resilient communities.

Local United Ways have long worked with the ALICE population in the areas of education, income, and health to build better lives.  The Report clarifies and describes the complex challenges they face and provide invaluable insight regarding how to promote policies and programs that benefit everyone.   

The United Way ALICE Report and similar ALICE Reports have been released in California, Florida, Michigan, Indiana, Connecticut and New Jersey (where this report originated).

For questions, please contact United Way of Collier County's Director of Programs, Spencer Smith at