According to a study released in May 2018 by the United Way ALICE Project, 43% of American families can't afford basic necessities. Struggling to survive on their limited means, they are often one crisis away from sinking further into poverty or even homelessness.
Here in Monroe County, this number is even higher; in early 2017, 47% of year-round residents were considered "ALICE" (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed).
Given reduced incomes and the increased shortage of affordable housing since Hurricane Irma, now even more families are barely getting by. These families rely on United Way of the Florida Keys and our non-profit partners to help ensure their family has enough to eat, their children can attend quality childcare and much more.