October 26-30, 2020

ALICE is an acronym that stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. ALICE households earn more than the Federal Poverty Level but less than the basic cost of living.

This means that these households are just one emergency away from slipping into poverty. And these households can include anyone: a single adult, a senior citizen, a college student, a single parent, a family with kids, a young couple, or an elderly widower. Anyone in our local community could be ALICE.

ALICE individuals and families struggle to afford basic necessities including housing, food, child care, health care, and transportation because they fall below the ALICE Threshold—or the minimum income that households need to afford all of their basic needs. The ALICE Threshold is calculated using actual costs of essential goods and services—including housing, child care, food, transportation, health care, and basic technology—in every U.S. county and is adjusted for household composition.

According to the 2020 ALICE Report, 61% of Harrisonburg and 36% of Rockingham County residents are currently living below the ALICE Threshold.* Our work and the programs we help fund help keep individuals and families living below the ALICE Threshold from slipping into poverty. But so often, this population goes unnoticed.

That's why we held ALICE Awareness Week. During the week of October 26-30, 2020, we sent a daily email with information about the reality of our neighbors living below the ALICE threshold. Each email provided readers with an opportunity for EDUCATION, REFLECTION, and ACTION. 

In case you missed it, below are the links to the content of our 2020 Alice Awareness Week emails.

For more information about the ALICE community, see the most recent ALICE report.