Financial stability implies access to food, shelter, transportation, emergency services, and more.
This past year, your Livingston County United Way helped to:
EXPAND SUCCESSFUL PROGRAMS to feed more people: Summer Lunch Bunch served 14,713 meals; Community Gardens grew 14,237 pounds of produce • Livingston County Hunger Council
BUILD A BETTER SYSTEM through improved coordination, landlord relationships, shared knowledge; currently working with local court systems on a new program to divert the high costs of eviction for eligible residents • Livingston County Homeless Continuum of Care
FOCUS ON LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS by working with utility companies and local partners on “utility self-sufficiency” through energy savings, simple repair, weatherization • Utility Assistance Task Force
CONNECT 800+ residents to resources, information, organizations, health screenings, safety checks, and goods at Community Connect. Over 900 kids received free socks, fresh produce, toothbrushes, and more at Connect for Kids and LESA’s annual Backpacks for Kids school supply giveaway • Livingston County Homeless Continuum of Care
THE ALICE PROJECT
ALICE is an acronym for “Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed”, which describes those of us who are working hard but struggling to afford the higher cost of living in Livingston County.
United Way organizations throughout Michigan commissioned Rutger’s University to produce an in-depth study of financial hardship in each individual county. The ALICE Report, released in September 2014, provides a picture of our post-recession environment, highlights some of the challenges in the years ahead, and gives us a much more accurate measure of financial hardship in this new economy.
There are 13,437 ALICE households in Livingston County, which represents 20% of total households. Another seven percent of households live at or below the poverty level. Click here for an overview of the Livingston County ALICE Report.
Moving forward, the ALICE Report will guide our steps as we share and discuss its findings. Learn from our ALICE families to better understand their challenges, and as a community work together to create more effective solutions.