This update of the ALICE Report for Michigan provides the most comprehensive look at the population called ALICE — an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. ALICE households have incomes above the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) but struggle to afford basic household necessities. The ALICE Report for Michigan presents the latest ALICE data available — a point-in-time snapshot of economic conditions across the state in 2019.
By showing how many Michigan households were struggling then, the ALICE Research provides the backstory for why the COVID-19 crisis is having such a devastating economic impact. The ALICE data is especially important now to help stakeholders identify the most vulnerable in their communities, and direct programming and resources to assist them throughout the pandemic and the recovery that follows. And as Michigan moves forward, this data can be used to estimate the impact of the crisis over time, providing an important baseline for changes to come.