United Way of Florida recently released the ALICE® Report 2017 Update. The ALICE – (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Report places a spotlight on hardworking, yet struggling residents who have little or no savings and are one emergency from falling into poverty.
According to the report, there are 25,445 Okaloosa County households and 9,676 Walton County households unable to afford the basics of housing, food, health care, child care and transportation. This includes more than 24% in Okaloosa and 27% in Walton of “ALICE” households that live above poverty but below the ALICE threshold, or the basic cost of living. Combined, ALICE and poverty households, account for 33% in Okaloosa and 42% in Walton of households. While this total percentage has remained steady since the 2014 report, Okaloosa’s and Walton’s populations have continued to grow meaning there are thousands more families making less than what it takes to survive on their own.