ALICE is an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. The earnings of Maryland ALICE individuals and families are not enough to support a “survival budget” for life’s essentials: food, housing, healthcare, childcare, transportation, taxes, and technology.
The latest ALICE Report reveals that 39% of households can’t afford the state’s high cost of living. This percentage, based on 2018 data, is clearly higher in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating economic impact on our residents.
This report has also helped to inform further research into the benefits cliff—a term used to describe the loss of public benefits resulting from small increases in earned income.
Read the interactive ALICE Report
Download the ALICE Report
Read the Benefits Cliff Study
ALICE represents our hardworking neighbors in need.
ALICE holds positions such as cashiers, administrative and nursing assistants, waiters/waitresses, laborers and security guards and jobs in the retail and food industries. Essential to our economy, they can’t afford the essentials.