2023 A.L.I.C.E. Report
We use the qualitative and quantitative data we collect to drive our work, inform the community about local needs, and raise funds to help provide for the most vulnerable children, families, and seniors.
The number of households in financial hardship in Idaho continues to be undercounted in official measures. According to the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), 11% of households in Idaho (76,184) were in poverty in 2021. Yet United For ALICE data shows that another 32% (218,395 households) - nearly three times as many - were ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed). ALICE households earn above the FPL, but not enough to afford the basics in the communities where they live.
The reality is that of the 681,926 households in Idaho, 294,579 - 43% - had income below the ALICE Threshold of Financial Survival in 2021. These included both households in poverty and ALICE households.
The crux of the problem is a mismatch between earnings and the cost of basics. For example, 43% of cashiers (one of the most common occupations in Idaho) were below the ALICE Threshold in 2021. These workers earned a median hourly wage of $11.16 - not even enough to cover the ALICE Household Survival Budget for one worker employed full time ($12.45 per hour), much less for a family with children, even with two adults working (combined wage of $32.92 per hour).