In NJ, 10.5 percent of our households live in poverty, but another 28 percent are known as ALICE households which means they cannot cover essentials.
The United Way uses the term “ALICE”: Asset Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed to further define and explain the working poor population in the United States and New Jersey.
On May 18, 2018, NJ.com reported that according to the ALICE Study “An estimated 41 percent of Garden State households are considered among the ‘working poor’, meaning they struggle to afford basic necessities like food, healthcare, transportation and housing.”
NJ’s poverty rate increased from10.8% in 2013 to 11.4% in 2013 and actual poverty numbers 934,943 people in 2012 to 998,549 million people in 2013.
ALICE households represent people of all ages and races who are working, but unable to afford the basic necessities of housing, food and child care.