Data Reveals Dire Straits For Oregon's Working Poor Even Before Pandemic

Jun 18, 2020

There’s new data out on a section of the population-- often overlooked: the WORKING POOR. United Ways of the Pacific Northwest just released the latest ALICE Report. 

Record numbers of working families across Oregon can't afford basic necessities for survival. The pandemic has only made the problem worse.
Credit United Way of Lane County

ALICE stands for: Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.

And it finds a record number of *working families cannot afford the basic necessities to get by. Things like childcare, transportation, rent. In 2018, nearly *half of Lincoln County lived below the ALICE threshold for survival. In Lane County is was 45%. And this was pre-pandemic.  

Christie Costello is with United Way of Lane County. “We know that COVID-19 has exacerbated some persistent challenges that many children and families and communities experienced pre-COVID, due to race, geography, income,” she said.

A visual breakdown of Oregon households living in poverty, those working poor living under ALICE threshold and those making ends meet or better.
Credit United Way of Lane County

Data shows black households in Oregon have a 60% higher rate of hardship than white households.

In response, United Way of Lane County just launched a new grant opportunity to address both immediate needs and systemic inequities contributing to health and education disparities.

For ALICE data and Oregon county-by-county interactive map: http://

Images on the cover of Oregon's ALICE Report.
Credit United Way of Lane County