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We have someone we want you to meet. Their name is ALICE. Get to know ALICE  
ALICE (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed) has an income above the Federal Poverty Level, but doesn't make enough to cover their basic  household necessities. You may be surprised to learn who ALICE is, as ALICE can be anyone. Our new report outlines exactly who ALICE is and how you can help.  ONEIDA COUNTY  INFORMATION ON PAGE 247 of the report.
ALICE lives across New York, in every county and every town. Contrary to some stereotypes, ALICE families live in rural, urban, and suburban areas. ALICE even lives here in ONEIDA COUNTY
What are basic household necessities? ALICE uses the Household Survival Budget which is a measure that estimates the minimal cost of the five basic household necessities – housing, child care, food, transportation, and health care. People who are above the Federal Poverty Line but still cannot afford the basic necessities as determined by the Household Survival Budget are considered ALICE.  Do you know ALICE? 
ALICE has a job but still can't afford the basic necessities. What does it cost to afford the basic necessities? The chart below shows the Household Survival Budget for two types of families living in ONEIDA COUNTY.  
ALICE stands for Asset-Limited Income Constrained Employed. But what does that mean? This week we will define each factor of ALICE starting with Income Constrained. 
ALICE stands for Asset-Limited Income Constrained Employed. But what does that mean? Here is the second characteristic of ALICE - Asset-Limited
ALICE stands for Asset-Limited Income Constrained Employed. But what does that mean? The final characteristic is Employed. 
Place matters. Where we live, and especially where we grow up, plays a huge role in determining the directions that our lives take. For ALICE in particular, local economic conditions largely determine how many households in a county or state struggle financially.  Find out about the conditions in YOURCOUNTY.
When ALICE households cannot make ends meet, they are forced to make difficult choices such as forgoing health care or healthy food.  While these “savings” have direct impacts on the health, safety, and future of these households, their wider effects can include reducing New York’s economic productivity and raising insurance premiums and taxes for everyone. 
ALICE households vary in size and makeup; there is no typical configuration. In fact, contrary to some stereotypes, the composition of ALICE households mirrors that of the general population. There are young and old ALICE households, those with children, and those with a family member who has a disability. They vary in educational level attained, as well as in race and ethnicity
1.9 million households in NYS have incomes above the poverty level but below the ALICE threshold budget for survival. That is nearly twice as many NYS households as there are those below the poverty level.
In order to meet the ALICE threshold for survival, a 4-person household (2 adults, 1 infant, 1 preschooler), needs an annual income of $59,602 or $29.80 per hour.
More than half of all jobs in NYS pay less than $20/hour or $40,000 annually for full time work. Even working multiple jobs often does not provide sufficient income to meet the ALICE survival threshold.
ALICE exits among all age groups, household types, racial and ethnic groups. We all know ALICE.
ALICE is everywhere. Seventy-nine percent of New York’s 990 towns have 30% or more households earning less than what is needed to afford the basics.
Debunking the myths about poverty – ALICE works, but more often survives pay check to pay check. They typically have no emergency savings and can be just one crisis (flat tire, sick child, unexpected health need) away from falling below the federal poverty level.
ALICE is essential to our communities’ economic well being.
Click the following link for the story of one ALICE family: