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Meet ALICE

ALICE is a new way of defining and understanding the struggles of households that earn above the Federal Poverty Level, but not enough to afford a bare-bones household budget. We envision a community where all those who work to keep our local economies running can support themselves and their families.

Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed

In West Tennessee, 32% of households are struggling to afford the basic necessities of food, housing, transportation, health care, child care, and technology. That is why United Ways across Tennessee have come together to bring you the ALICE Project. ALICE, a United Way acronym which stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, represents the growing number of individuals and families who work every day but are unable to afford to meet their basic needs. The ALICE report is the most comprehensive depiction of need in Tennessee to date. 

By focusing on objective data to fundamentally redefine the real struggles everyday people face for financial stability, we are igniting a movement where nonprofits, corporations, policymakers, and the faith community Unite to better understand and address the problems faced by West Tennesseans. 

Download ALICE data in each of our 14 counties below:


Many of our country’s heroes live in financial hardship. On Veterans Day, United for ALICE launched its new Research Brief for Tennessee. Research reveals that of 407,811 total veterans in Tennessee, 32% struggled to afford basics in 2019, just before the pandemic hit.

Explore the Brief and online dashboards for more ALICE data here.

Our Impact This Year

  • Agency Partners

    44

  • Programs Funded

    56

  • 2021-2022 Dollars Raised

    $1,680,468

  • People Helped

    85,567

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