Despite all the wins we’ve experienced as a community over the last 30 years, poverty remains a persistent and urgent problem in Greenville County. In fact, Greenville County is one of the toughest places in the country to climb out of poverty—and thousands of families are just one unexpected expense away from financial crisis.
These Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed—or ALICE—households earn above the Federal Poverty Level, yet not enough to afford the basic necessities, despite working full-time and sometimes multiple jobs. ALICE families are largely invisible to our public policy makers and the broader community, which can make their struggles even more difficult.
We’re excited to partner with several other South Carolina United Ways to release the ALICE Report for South Carolina. This comprehensive report shines a light on the 43 percent of South Carolinians who work hard but never seem to get ahead. In Greenville County alone, the number of ALICE households have spiked from below 40,000 in 2001 to more than 57,000 households in 2021.
With Greenville County’s constant growth and circumstances changing for families who are already struggling, we need your support now more than ever. Thank you for investing in our work to break down barriers for Greenville County families and create a stronger community for all.