Aloha United Way ALICE in Hawaii: 2022 Facts and Figures

The Challenge

Many individuals and families who have a job—even two or three—are doing everything they can to make ends meet yet struggle to get by each month. These friends, families and neighbors have a name: ALICE, an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.

In light of the interruption of the U.S. Census Bureau's 2020 American Community Survey (ACS), which is a key source of data for the Aloha United Way's bi-annual ALICE report, Anthology's Research Group was contracted to conduct an extensive state-wide study to leverage standard questions used in the ACS and related household financial questions from the Financial Health Network to assess the financial health of households in Hawai‘i, tracking changes from 2019 before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A total of 2,391 Hawaii residents were interviewed for the survey, which found that the proportion of households struggling financially had increased since the start of the pandemic, driven by a sharp increase in those pushed below the federal poverty line. The results will be used by lawmakers, the business community and nonprofit service providers to identify strategies for helping Hawaii households thrive.

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