ALICE - Who is Struggling in Maryland?

ALICE for Maryland    ALICE Report

ALICE® is an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. The earnings of Maryland ALICE individuals and families are not enough to support a “survival budget” that is more than twice the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).

The ALICE Report, released by United Ways throughout the state of Maryland, reveals that more than a third of households in Maryland can’t afford the state’s high cost of living and don’t earn enough to afford basic necessities. On the Lower Shore we have over 43% of households struggling. The report provides a framework, language and tools to measure and address the struggles of the growing number of ALICE households in Maryland.

Access and download the full report for Maryland 2023 Report here: "ALICE in the Crosscurrents: COVID and Financial Hardships in Maryland", and additional details for Lower Shore Counties, with the links below. 

ALICE Report and Additional Data Resources


This latest addition to the United For ALICE website helps policymakers and community stakeholders explore financial hardship by legislative district. The ALICE Legislative District Tool maps the percentage of households below the ALICE Threshold (Poverty + ALICE) in each legislative district, including U.S. congressional districts and upper and lower state legislative chambers. For each district, users can view ALICE data by race/ethnicity, and they can see a comparison between the percentage of households participating in SNAP and those who are below the ALICE Threshold. There is also a handy “Find your district” lookup.

UWLES partnered with Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore and The Campbell Foundation on the 2021 Organizational & Community Needs Assessment.  This survey gathered information from nonprofits in Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties on community needs and gaps in service, as well as the impact of COVID-19 on nonprofits and organizational readiness to engage with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) programming.

We are grateful to The Campbell Foundation for funding the survey. 

The Strengthening Communities survey and report details the economic and social impact of the nonprofit sector in Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties. The report, released in Summer 2019, provides the first-ever documentation of the contributions made by the local nonprofit sector.


Through this collaborative effort, quantitative data can be used for future community and nonprofit growth and highlights the significant role nonprofits play in the region’s economy and quality of life. Nonprofits serving the region completed the survey regardless of mission, age, history, size or type of programs. The study used data collected from nonprofits and existing data from the IRS and the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

Thank You To Our Partners

The Maryland ALICE Report is possible thanks to the partnerships of the Maryland State Association of United Ways, United for ALICE ( and these generous sponsors: