The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed critical shortcomings in our economy and intensified hardship for many households who were already struggling. Before the pandemic, 42% of U.S. households were already unable to make ends meet.
By more accurately identifying need, the ALICE measures can guide better policies and practices to help families weather the current crisis. COVID-19 shows how exposed ALICE households — and therefore all our communities and businesses — are to an emergency.
While the crisis is still unfolding, we share here some resources to track the pandemic’s impact on the six essential areas of a household budget — housing, child care, and education, food, transportation, health care, and technology — as well as on jobs and income in our new report, The Pandemic Divide: An ALICE Analysis of National COVID Surveys. This report provides the first look at the impact of the pandemic on ALICE households.
According to the report experiences and realities diverged during the pandemic:
ALICE families fared significantly worse than higher-income households — financially, physically, and emotionally.