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ALICE

United Way ALICE Report for Louisiana Updated (April 2017)

ALICE study reveals 42% percent of Louisiana households statewide, 48% of Northeast Louisiana households struggling to afford basics; Updated United Way ALICE Report details size and scope of financial hardship in Louisiana

New research shows that in Louisiana, 723,077 households – fully 42 percent statewide and 48% in Northeast Louisiana — struggled to afford basic household necessities in 2014, according to the United Way ALICE Report for Louisiana released April 6, 2017 by the Louisiana Association of United Ways. 

The original United Way ALICE Report Update for Louisiana was released in January 2016. The new, updated version advances information by one year, updating data sources from 2013 to 2014. ALICE, which stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, places a spotlight on a large population of hardworking residents who work at low-paying jobs, have little or no savings, and are one emergency from falling into poverty.

The United Way ALICE Report is the most comprehensive depiction of financial need in the state to date, using data from a variety of sources, including the U.S. Census. The report includes measures, based on present-day income levels and expenses that show how many Louisiana workers are struggling financially, and why. 

 

United Way ALICE Report for Louisiana Updated Resources & Downloads 

 

“Since the release of our first report in 2016, thousands have come to know ALICE. Throughout the state, new partnerships, often based on this information, have been formed to better help hard workers struggling to make ends meet,” said Sarah Berthelot, President/CEO of Louisiana Association of United Ways. “The Louisiana Association of United Ways is honored to work alongside 11 Louisiana United Ways from across the state to present this data and inspire action to help ALICE.”

 

The 150-page updated United Way ALICE Report for Louisiana reveals many points of data, including:

 

 

 

 

 

The United Way ALICE Report provides parish-by-parish and town-level data, and analysis of how many households are struggling.

 

In the 12 parishes of Northeast Louisiana, regional statistics are as follows:

 

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“The Louisiana Association of United Ways is grateful for Entergy’s continued corporate support, which makes this project possible for Louisiana,” said Berthelot. The Entergy Corporation serves as the lead state sponsor and the Louisiana representative on the National ALICE Advisory Council. As a Louisiana Friend of ALICE, JPMorgan Chase is also a supporter of this project.

The United Way ALICE Report for Louisiana provides high-quality, research-based information to foster a better understanding of who is struggling in our communities. To produce the United Way ALICE Report for Louisiana, a team of researchers collaborated with a Research Advisory Committee, composed of 19 representatives from around Louisiana, who advised and contributed to the report. Louisiana is one of the first ten states in the country to produce an ALICE study. This collaborative model, practiced in each state, ensures each United Way ALICE Report presents unbiased data that is replicable, easily updated on a regular basis, and sensitive to local context. Working closely with United Ways, the United Way ALICE Project seeks to equip communities with information to create innovative solutions.

 

United Way ALICE Report for Louisiana Released (January 2016)

 

The Louisiana Association of United Ways (LAUW), along with United Way of Northeast Louisiana and 10 additional United Ways across the state, are pleased to release the United Way ALICE Report for Louisiana. ALICE, which stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, places a spotlight on a large population of hardworking residents who are struggling to make ends meet, have little or no savings, and are one emergency away from falling into poverty.

In Louisiana, 695,719 households — 40 percent of the state total — are unable to afford basic cost of living, with conditions still lagging behind pre-recession levels, according to the report.

“United Way of Northeast Louisiana partnered to bring this critical data to the whole community so that everyone can have a better understanding of who makes up an important part of our community,” noted Janet Durden, President of United Way of Northeast Louisiana.

“We believe this report could be placed in the center of tables across Louisiana to inspire the right kind of conversations— in non-profits, churches, businesses, municipal and state government offices, even on the dinner table in homes,” said Sarah Berthelot, President/CEO of LAUW. “The United Way ALICE Report for Louisiana provides statewide and hyperlocal data. Sadly, there is no single solution to ‘fix’ the challenges that so many in Louisiana face. However, armed with information from this report, everyone can make more informed decisions to create policies, programs and priorities to improve the lives of ALICE in Louisiana.”

“United Ways throughout Louisiana have come together to give an identity and voice to people who work hard and yet struggle to make ends meet — people we call ALICE,” said Sarah Berthelot, “The Louisiana Association of United Ways has been honored to lead this collaborative effort in our state.”

The United Way ALICE Report is the most comprehensive depiction of financial need in the state to date, using data from a variety of sources, including the U.S. Census. The report unveils new measures, based on present-day income levels and expenses that show how many Louisiana workers struggle financially and why.

To produce the United Way ALICE Report for Louisiana, a team of researchers collaborated with a Research Advisory Committee, composed of 19 representatives from around Louisiana, who advised and contributed to the report. Louisiana is one of the first ten states in the country to produce an ALICE study. This collaborative model, practiced in each state, ensures each United Way ALICE Report presents unbiased data that is replicable, easily updated on a regular basis, and sensitive to local context. Working closely with United Ways, the United Way ALICE Project seeks to equip communities with information to 

create innovative solutions.

The Entergy Corporation serves as the lead state sponsor and the Louisiana representative on the National ALICE Advisory Council. As a Louisiana Friend of ALICE, JPMorgan Chase is also a supporter of this project.

“Entergy is committed to giving back to the community, because we can only be as strong as the communities we serve,” said Patty Riddlebarger, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Entergy Corporation. “As one of only two Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Louisiana, we take seriously our responsibility to support efforts such as the United Way ALICE Project. The ALICE Project is a road map to stronger communities and economic development. We will use this report to do our part, knowing it will take everyone working together to create a brighter future for all Louisianians."     

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Pictured right: Ashley Duran, a 20-something single mom and coffee barista living in Lafayette. CLICK HERE to read Ashley's story.

 

For more information about United Way of Northeast Louisiana's Community Impact, view or download our 2016 Community Impact Report.

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