United Way’s ALICE Report: The Pandemic Divide

From Kiran Handa Gaudioso, CEO, United Way of Northern New Jersey:

The Pandemic Divide: An ALICE Analysis of National COVID Surveys report takes a detailed look at the vastly different pandemic experiences of low-income and higher-income households throughout the nation.

As you know, ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) is at the heart of our work at United Way of Northern New Jersey and United For ALICE. These households earn above the poverty level, but less than what it costs to make ends meet. Combined with households in poverty, these struggling families comprise 51 million households in the United States. They fall below the ALICE Threshold, the average income needed to live and work in today’s economy.

To develop the report, United For ALICE analyzed four national surveys through the lens of the ALICE Threshold. Their analysis revealed that households below the Threshold fared significantly worse during the pandemic than those above it – from finances, to child care, to mental health. These findings were even more severe for Black and Hispanic households.

Click here to read the full report and to download an accompanying promotional tool that outlines some of the report’s biggest takeaways. Please feel free to share this tool as appropriate, and keep an eye out for United For ALICE’s Facebook posts and tweets in the days ahead.

Thank you for uniting with us in our shared mission to show up for ALICE.


Posted by Amy Sugerman
Amy Sugerman Assistant Director, Center for Civic Engagement