United Ways of Tennessee to Release Groundbreaking
Study that Reveals Size and Scope of Financial Hardship Across Tennessee
WHO: United Ways of Tennessee leaders, research advisory council members, and families struggling to stay afloat in middle Tennessee.
WHAT: United Ways of Tennessee (UWTN) invites media representatives to attend the official public launch of a groundbreaking report that provides a comprehensive picture of financial need across our state, beyond traditional federal poverty guidelines.
WHY: United Way has partnered with United For ALICE, which developed a series of new, standardized measurements that quantify the size of who in Tennessee’s workforce is struggling financially, and the reasons why.
UWTN will introduce ALICE, which stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed and represents households that are working but cannot afford the basic necessities of housing, food, child care, health care, transportation and a smartphone. The ALICE Report will provide county-by-county and town-level data on the extent of financial instability among households.
The ALICE Report is a project of United For ALICE, a grassroots movement of more than 600 United Ways and their corporate, government and nonprofit partners that all use the same methodology for documenting financial need. UWTN and its member United Ways will use the ALICE study as a framework for improving lives and strengthening local communities across our state.
WHEN: Sept. 20, 2019 at 9 a.m. CST.
Media will receive advanced access to the report on an embargoed basis on September 13th.
WHERE: United Way of Metropolitan Nashville, 250 Venture Circle, Nashville, TN 37228;
Livestream at https://liveitnowent.com/unitedwaylivestream, password UW2019.
About United Ways of Tennessee
United Ways of Tennessee (UWTN) is the association of 34 United Ways, coming together for collective action to fight for the health, education and financial stability of everyone living in our state. As Tennessee’s leading community solutions provider, we are the driving force behind many initiatives that provide solutions to the most critical needs.
About United For ALICE
United for ALICE is a driver of innovation, shining a light on the challenges ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) households face and finding collaborative solutions. Through a standardized methodology that assesses the cost of living in every county, this project provides a comprehensive measure of financial hardship across the U.S. Equipped with this data, ALICE partners convene, advocate, and innovate in their local communities to highlight the issues faced by ALICE households and to generate solutions that promote financial stability. The grassroots movement represents United Ways, corporations, nonprofits and foundations in Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin; we are United For ALICE. For more information, visit: UnitedForALICE.org.