ALICE is your childcare provider, the cashier at your supermarket, the gas attendant, your waitress, a home health aide, an office clerk. You might even be ALICE.
ALICE, which stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, is a new way of defining and understanding the struggles of households that earn above the Federal Poverty Level, but not enough to afford a bare-bones household budget.
These families earn too much to qualify for most government assistance, but not enough to cover the basics of housing, childcare, transportation, food and healthcare, let alone enough to save for emergencies.
When funds run short, cash-strapped households are forced to make impossible choices, deciding between quality childcare 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. The future success of our community is directly tied to the financial stability of these fragile ALICE households.
On August 24, the Mississippi United Ways Association will release the first ALICE report for Mississippi. Please join the press conference via Facebook Live at https://fb.me/e/3Fc8XLCFq and visit msunitedway.org/alice for more information about ALICE.
As we dive into the festive spirit of December, I’d like to take a moment to reflect over the extraordinary year the Mississippi Alliance of Nonprofits and Philanthropy has had. This year has been nothing short of remarkable, marked by many changes and firsts. As I reflect on the transformative journey of 2023, it is impossible not to acknowledge the exceptional foresight of our founder, Sammy Moon.
Hope Village for Children is an amazing nonprofit organization located in Meridian, MS.
The Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities (MSCDD) currently has a grant opportunity available for nonprofit, for-profit, education, or government organizations. Approximately $200,000 total funds are available to fund three or more projects. A Request for Proposals for one-year grants starting July 1, 2024 is available at www.mscdd.org. Proposals are due by noon on March 8, 2024.