Who We Fight For

Who We Fight For

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More than 220,000 households in Central Indiana are in, or one emergency away from, poverty.

This staggering number includes 29% of households with children and 49% of senior (65+) households in our community.

ALICE, an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, is a new way of defining and understanding the struggles of households who earn above the Federal Poverty Level, but not enough to afford a basic household budget. For far too many families in our community, the cost of living outpaces what they earn, which means every month is a struggle to make ends meet and leaves no savings for emergencies or investing in their family’s future education, homeownership or retirement – the exact ways to escape generational poverty.

Despite working hard, these households struggle to manage even their most basic needs - housing, food, transportation, and health care. When funds run short, cash-strapped households are forced to make impossible choices, such as deciding between quality child care or paying the rent,
filling a prescription or fixing the car. These short-term decisions have long-term
consequences not only for ALICE families, but for all of us.

By eliminating the additional barriers to quality healthcare, nutritious food, transportation, safe housing, employment, and education that COVID-19 has created for too many of our formerly and newly struggling neighbors and families, we will rebound as a community – one where every person is equipped to reach their full potential. 

In partnership with a vetted network of community-based organizations, United Way uses impact investments to respond to our community’s most immediate needs, provide the necessities that stabilize individuals in crisis, improve the education and upward economic mobility of a whole family, create innovative solutions to disrupt generational poverty and attack the systems that grow – or perpetuate – racial inequity in our community.

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