Ohio United Way has launched a groundbreaking report showing that, when the COVID-19 pandemic began, more than 1.1 million Ohio households were already one emergency away from financial ruin – a 10-year record high – setting the stage for the unprecedented economic impact of the crisis.
The ALICE Report for Ohio is a project of United For ALICE, a grassroots movement of some 650 United Ways in 21 states, corporations and foundations, all using the same methodology to document financial need. ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. ALICE Reports provide county-by-county and town-level data, and analysis of how many households are struggling, including the obstacles ALICE households face on the road to financial independence.
Notably, many workers classified as essential during the COVID-19 pandemic – from grocery store employees to first responders – fall into the ALICE population, making them especially vulnerable to the economic effects of the crisis.
More information about the ALICE report can be found at https://www.unitedforalice.org/ohio.