United Way of Northern New Jersey believes that improving life for all starts with improving life for ALICE. This independent non profit organization serves a region which spans 1700 square miles across five counties.
An acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, ALICE represents the growing number of individuals and families who are working, but are unable to afford the basic necessities of housing, food, child care, health care, and transportation. Nearly 1.2 million New Jersey households - and thirty percent of our northern New Jersey neighbors - live in this precarious situation: above the poverty level but below a basic level of self-sufficiency.
United Way is advocating for policy changes to support ALICE, such as increasing pro-work, anti-poverty tax credits; access to quality, affordable child care; and respire opportunities for unpaid caregivers.