At United Way of Southeast Mississippi, we fight for every individual in every community of Forrest, Lamar, Marion, and Perry counties to have an opportunity to make ends meet without sacrificing basic needs. Working alongside community partners, United Way is educating and providing tools to ALICE to become economically mobile and able to improve their lives and the lives of their families.
We fight for:
- Life- and Job-Skill Preparation | United, we support programs placing people on a path to self-sustainment.
- Asset Building | United, we provide pathways to affordable housing and advocate for policy change benefiting low-income households.
- Access to Financial Products | United, we educate about risks for predatory lending and provide resources for low-to-no fee banking.
For over 80 years, we have partnered with agencies in the community making positive differences in economic mobility. This level of impact can not be done alone. The United Way Economic Mobility Council is comprised of advocates from the nonprofit, government, banking, and community college sectors and works together to create solutions to complex problems our neighbors face. United, we fight for ALICE.
Who is ALICE?
ALICE, an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, is a new way of defining and understanding the struggles of households that earn above the Federal Poverty Level, but not enough to afford a bare-bones household budget.
For far too many families, the cost of living is more than what they earn. These households struggle to manage even their most basic needs--housing, food, transportation, child care, health care and necessary technology.
When funds run short, cash-strapped households are forced to make impossible choices, such as deciding between quality child care or paying the rent, filling a prescription or fixing the car. These short-term decisions have long-term consequences not only for ALICE families, but for all of us.
"I am so happy there is now a program that recognizes people like me. Because people like us are forgotten about. Me, myself, I'm not asking to be rich, I'm just asking for a little help....There are a lot of us people who get up and go to work who still need help."
- Stacey Bradley, Hattiesburg ALICE
To learn more about ALICE in Mississippi, visit ms.unitedway.org/alice.
Christian Services provides financial training and assistance for individuals who have a desire to empower themselves to transition out of poverty.
Habitat for Humanity addresses the need for adequate housing in our area by offering people the life-changing opportunity of homeownership.
RISE is a one-year program to educate, empower and encourage women and men to rise to self-sufficiency.