Meet ALICE

ALICE - A Study of Financial Hardship

Across the Mid-Willamette Valley, 41% of households struggle to afford the basic necessities of housing, child care, food, health care and transportation.

What is even more alarming, 26% of households struggle despite the fact that they are working.  For decades, we have generalized the people who fall between “poverty” and “wealth” as middle class with no specific understanding of their situation or struggles.  Until now.

ALICE stands for Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed. It is the acronym we use to identify this population of hardworking residents who live above the poverty threshold, but are unable to able to afford our region’s cost of living.

In our three-county region of Marion, Polk, and Yamhill counties 15% of residents live below the poverty threshold.  An additional 26% live above the poverty threshold, but are unable to consistently afford the basic necessities.  This is the ALICE population.  Learn more about ALICE in the Mid-Willamette Valley.

Marion County Summary (PDF)


Polk County Summary (PDF)


Yamhill County Summary (PDF)


Oregon Summary (PDF)


Full ALICE Report (PDF)


ALICE: Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)


United Way's ALICE Report provides a community assessment that business, government, nonprofits, the faith-based community and residents can use to work together to improve conditions for ALICE and all residents in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties.

There is no "silver bullet” that will solve the challenges we face as a community, or the challenges faced by individuals and families in our community who struggle to make ends meet.   United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley has embraced the Collective Impact framework to achieve measurable results that improve community conditions and create lasting impact.  Find out more about our results.