Nearly half the households in Texas and Mid and South Jefferson County nearly half of our residents are struggling to afford basic necessities, according to the Texas ALICE Report.
ALICE is an acronym that stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. In partnership with the United Ways of Texas, United Way of Mid & South Jefferson County is releasing the Texas ALICE Report, which tracks struggling Texas households before and after the Great Recession (2007 and 2010) and then during the recovery through 2016. Economic activity and financial hardship in the state have been uneven.
The Federal Poverty Line (FPL) is an outdated calculation and no longer provides accurate information about the number of people facing hardship across the country. Using the best available information on those who are struggling, the Texas ALICE Report offers an enhanced set of tools for stakeholders to measure the real challenges ALICE households face in trying to make ends meet. The ALICE Project develops these resources in order to move beyond stereotypes and judgments of “the poor,” and instead encourages the use of data to inform programmatic and policy solutions for those households and their communities.
United Way MSJC is working to assist individuals and families doing their best to make ends meet. Our organization support provides the local VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program), local programs that assist families facing challenges related to Education, Income and Health.
We encourage other nonprofits, service groups, individuals and government entities to dig into the ALICE data to look for ways to better serve this population in our region. The ALICE data provides information for various family types for all 254 counties, including married couple, single adult/one child, two adults/two school-aged children, etc. For all ALICE data, include data on the surrounding parishes, you can visit this website.
If you would like to work together to help ALICE, please contact the United Way of Mid & South Jefferson County at (409) 729-4040