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United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley is working with United Ways throughout the state on a data report of financial hardship in Virginia. This is the ALICE® Report – ALICE stands for Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed.

ALICE households earn more than the official US poverty level but less than the basic cost of living – in other words households who are working in needed jobs that don’t pay enough to afford the basics necessities, including housing, food, childcare, health care, and transportation..

Examples are child care providers, home health aides, mechanics, retail workers, service providers, store clerks or office assistants. ALICE can be a new graduate just starting out, a young family, or a retiree. Some households become ALICE due to an unforeseen life event: a life-altering health diagnosis, job loss, or family crisis such as a death or divorce.

ALICE often doesn’t qualify for governmental aid or social service programs, so they are virtually invisible to the system, their struggle unseen and unknown.

WHAT IS the ALICE® project?

ALICE is a project that focuses on community members who are Asset Limited, Income Constrained, and Employed.

The United Way ALICE Project is the umbrella of work to both reveal and address the needs of this population.  The project includes research, United Way ALICE Reports,  the National ALICE Advisory Council,  Research Advisory Committees,  the ALICE Learning Community, and the local community impact work to address the needs of this population.


United Way ALICE®Report is the official name of the body of research published for the state of Virginia, and designed to inform service efforts by nonprofits, government and others.  The ALICE Report for Virginia is available as of 7/22/2020


See the interactive ALICE Website here

View the updated 2018 Interactive Map


What Does the ALICE Report Do?

  • Produces Current Research: Through state Reports with regular updates and special subject reports, the Project provides the highest quality, unbiased data at the local and national level. It is presented in a way that is easy to understand and make actionable for businesses, government, nonprofits, academia, the press, and citizens.
  • Leads a Learning Community: The vibrant ALICE Learning Community provides a forum for participants to learn from each other and share best practices on a range of issues from presentation materials to legislative strategies. It also provides opportunities to dive deeper into the research, seek funding together, build on pilot programs, and partner on projects with a national scope.
  • Builds Action: Armed with knowledge, best practices, and community partners, the ultimate goal of the report is to stimulate action that will improve the financial stability of ALICE families. The Project identifies opportunities and works with local United Ways, community partners, and government officials on grant proposals and other impact opportunities.

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ALICE Report in the media

WDVM - NOVA News (Sierra Fox, July 19, 2017)