In 2016, 46,145 Williamson County households – 27% percent - could not afford basic needs such as housing, child care, food, transportation, health care, and technology. An additional 8,744 households or 5% of the 2016 population, lived at or below the poverty level.
Do You Know ALICE?
You may not know it, but yes. You Know ALICE.
ALICE is a United Way acronym that stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed - households that earn more than the Federal Poverty Level, but less than the cost of living in Williamson County.
ALICE is men and women of all ages and races who go to work every day but still walk a financial tightrope. ALICE may be your parent on Social Security, your child care worker, the salesperson at your favorite retail store, your server or cashier at your favorite restaurant, your cleaning person, a home health aide, an office worker, a laborer or mechanic, or a college student – and the list goes on.
ALICE is a hardworking member of the community who is employed (often with multiple jobs) yet does not earn enough to afford the necessities of life. ALICE lives paycheck to paycheck and is one emergency, one illness, one car repair or one disaster away from poverty.
In 2016, more than one-quarter of households in Williamson County struggled to get by, unable to afford basic necessities such as housing, child care, food, transportation, health care, and a smartphone. When ALICE households lack adequate income, reducing expenses is a matter of survival. Short-term tradeoffs, like a skipped doctor's visit, delayed car repair, or abandoning college and career training, have long-term consequences for the entire community.