Nearly half of the housholds in our community struggle to afford the basic necessities of housing, child care, food, technology, health care, and transportation.


That's why United Way of the Lakeshore has joined with United Ways across Michigan to bring you the ALICE Project. Standing for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed - ALICE represents those in our communities who are working yet still struggling to make ends meet. Learn more about the ALICE project here.

There are serious consequences for both ALICE households and their communities when these households cannot afford the basic necessities.

ALICE households are forced to make difficult choices such as skipping preventative health care, accredited child care, healthy food or car insurance. These "savings" threaten their health, safety, and future - and they reduce Michigan's economic productivity and raise insurance premiums and taxes for everyone. The costs are high for both ALICE families and the wider community.

The ALICE Report is the most comprehensive depiction of need in Michigan to date. By unveiling new metrics including the ALICE Threshold, Household Survival Budget and Economic Viability Dashboard, our communities now have the proper tools to discuss need around the state. Click here to view the overview report. To view a report for one of the three United Way of the Lakeshore counties, click the county name here:  Muskegon   Newaygo   Oceana

United Ways in Michigan have come together to release the ALICE Report because recognizing the magnitude of the number of households facing financial hardship, as well as the different types of households and problems they confront, will make more effective change possible. 

The ALICE Project is generously powered by the Consumers Energy Foundation.


ALICE in the news:
Editorial: Helping ALICE to a better quality of life will improve all of Muskegon County
Michigan struggles to boost lives of the working poor