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ALICE & Neighbors in Need

Every individual deserves the opportunity to thrive. United Way focuses on poverty prevention, financial empowerment and advocacy to create positive change in our community. United we ALL win.

ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed)

Bottom line is that ALICE individuals and families living in Hunterdon County struggle every day to make ends meet.  Yet ALICE works in jobs that are essential to the county’s economy.

Why does ALICE struggle?

  • Income is falling behind the cost of living. Did you know it costs a household with two adults and two young children $90,000 to barely get by in Hunterdon County? That's an increase of almost $10,000 over a 2-year period. The cost of basic household expenses increased steadily in every New Jersey county between 2010 and 2016. The average household budget rose by 28% from 2010 to 2016.

  • The available jobs are low paying, despite providing essential services to Hunterdon County. ALICE works in occupations we all depend on. However, more than 50% of jobs in Hunterdon County pay less than $20/hour. These jobs account for 75% of new jobs over the next decade.

  • More than 30% of seniors struggle and live below the ALICE threshold - a significant increase over two years prior.

  • Meet ALICE (video).

  • Read or download the 2018 ALICE Report.

  • Join the Fight to help ALICE.


Data Sources:  U.S. Census & American Community Survey data; U.S. Bureau of Labor; New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development; Poverty Benchmarks: Legal Services of NJ; Monmouth Opinion polls; News reports