United Way Releases Updated ALICE Report – Reveals More LA Households Are Struggling To Afford Basics

NEW ORLEANS – United Way of Southeast Louisiana (UWSELA) in conjunction with the Louisiana Association of United Ways (LAUW) have released their new, updated ALICE REPORT, which advances information used in the original groundbreaking report by one year, updating data sources from 2013. ALICE Report provides a comprehensive picture of financial need across Louisiana and details the size and scope of financial hardship in Louisiana, United Way reps said.

         ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed and represents individuals and families who are working but are unable to afford the basic necessities of housing, food, childcare, healthcare and transportation.

         The United Way ALICE Report on financial hardship places a spotlight on a large population of hardworking residents who work at low-paying jobs, have little or no savings, and are one emergency from falling into poverty. The report is the most comprehensive depiction of financial need in the state to date, using the latest data from a variety of sources, including the U.S. Census, United Way reps said. The report unveils new measures, based on present-day income levels and expenses that quantify the size of who in Louisiana’s workforce is struggling financially, and why.

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         UWSELA uses the ALICE study as a framework for improving lives and strengthening local communities. Many of our social problems have the same root cause, poverty, United Way reps said. They want businesses and individuals to join the United Way in developing strategies and partnerships to educate and empower people to help lift them out of poverty.

         Entergy Corporation serves as the lead sponsor to the United Way ALICE Report for Louisiana and is a member of the National ALICE Advisory Council with other national corporate sponsors.

         UWSELA will hold a Stakeholders Reception at the Louisiana Governor’s Mansion on April 19 to discuss the ALICE Report and their work in the community. The Governor and First Lady, UWSELA President/CEO Michael Williamson, Entergy New Orleans President/CEO and UWSELA Board Chair Charles Rice, LAUW President Sarah Berthelot, UWSELA Board members, business and civic leaders will be in attendance.

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