ALICE Conversations: Janice’s Story

(Sponsored) Aloha United Way is shining the light on Hawai‘i’s ALICE population. Join their virtual summer conversation series on how we can make a collective impact.


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Janice always thought she had terrible luck with money and it caused her to worry. “It was impossible for me to save for emergencies. I just don’t have much income.” It’s hard to feel like your livelihood and home are secure without any savings.


That all turned around thanks to a program that was designed to help Hawai‘i’s ALICE residents—people just like Janice. ALICE is an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed and it’s a new way to define and understand the households that earn above the Federal Poverty Level, but not enough to afford a bare-bones household budget.


Janice signed up for Hawai‘i HomeOwnership Center’s (HHOC) financial literacy workshop and through the support of the program, she changed the way she handled her finances. She saved nearly $1,000 that can now be used in case of emergencies in the future, which made her feel much more secure. HHOC is one of many partner agencies that participate in Aloha United Way’s ALICE Initiative. These agencies support upward financial mobility for lower-income families and individuals in Hawai‘i.


For far too many in Hawai‘i, the cost of living outpaces what they earn, making it hard to get ahead. These ALICE households struggle to manage even their most basic needs: housing, food, transportation, childcare, health care, and technology.


This summer, Aloha United Way is hosting an ongoing virtual summer conversation series to shine a light on Hawai‘i’s ALICE population, and provide a venue for discussions about making a greater impact together through collective impact.


Let’s work together to create equitable communities where every family and individual is empowered, thriving, and able to weather hardships as they arise.


The remaining conversation series events will take place on July 29, and August 26 and all are invited to join. Learn more here.


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