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ALICE Report

Who is ALICE?

ALICE is an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. With the cost of living higher than most wages pay, ALICE families work hard and earn above the Federal Poverty Level, but not enough to afford a basic household budget of housing, child care, food, transportation, and health care.
 
We challenge you to put yourself in the shoes of a typical family who is scrambling to pay their bills. Take a few minutes to experience some of the tough choices these families have to make every single day to reach the end of each month, through the Making Touch Choices simulator.
 
The Federal Poverty Level is the same across the country. It has never been adjusted to account for the cost-of-living differences from one area to another nor has it been updated to account for the changing cost of basic household needs including housing, child care, food, transportation, and health care.

WHO IS ALICE IN IOWA?

  • 42 percent of senior households are below the ALICE Threshold
  • 70 percent of households headed by a person under 25 years old are below the ALICE Threshold
  • 31 percent of families with children are below the ALICE Threshold, one-third of these have 2 parents