Why we should support United Way-Manistee County
[United Way is committed to ensuring that our communities are viable places to live and work. To do that, we promote current research, community dialogue, and data-driven policy solutions. These elements form the basis of one of United Way’s broadest and fastest-growing initiatives – the United Way ALICE Project.
ALICE was coined by United Way in 2009 after a pilot research project looked at the low-income population in affluent Morris County, one of the five founding communities which merged in 2011 to become United Way of Northern New Jersey. The original study focused primarily on data from 2007, largely before the effects of the economic downturn, known as the Great Recession, were widespread.]
“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. ”
“THE BASIC COST OF HOUSEHOLD EXPENSES HAS INCREASED STEADILY IN EVERY COUNTY SINCE 2007. THE AVERAGE BUDGET ROSE BY 18% – HIGHER THAN THE NATIONAL LEVEL OF INFLATION OF 14%.
Single adults now need an annual salary of just over $18,000, while a family of four needs an annual salary of over $56,000 – just to afford the basics.”