ALICE in Frederick County

In Frederick County, MD, 35,291 households (37%) cannot afford basic needs such as housing, transportation, child care, food, transportation, health care and technology.  Despite overall improvement in the federal poverty level, employment rates and gain in median income, the economic recovery in Frederick County, like that in the rest of Maryland, had not reached all families before the deleterious impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The ALICE Report for Frederick County provides and in-depth look at Frederick County and the population called ALICE - Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.  ALICE households have incomes above the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), but struggle to afford basic houshold necessities.


Click Here to download the full 2020 ALICE Report for Frederick County

If you would like more information on the ALICE Report for Maryland, visit

Click here to see the 2020 ALICE Report Release Presentation

Click here to see the 2020 ALICE Report Release Q&A

Click here to view 2020 ALICE Report Release & Community Conversation Virtual Event

Click here for a list of community resources and programs that could be of help to you or someone you know.

They’ve served and sacrificed for our country, yet 20% of Frederick County’s 15,750 veterans struggle to afford basic needs, according to a new report from United Way of Frederick County and its research partner United For ALICE.

The new data show that 20% of Frederick County residents who have served were designated as ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed). ALICE households are those who are unable to afford a basic cost of living. They do not have income to meet the basic costs of housing, child care, health care, transportation and food.

United Way’s Ride United program, which launched in 2021, provides free/discounted transportation to ALICE households in Frederick County. In 2022, United Way expanded Ride United to those who have served in the United States military. 

The ALICE in Focus: Veterans report and interactive tools reveal that while veterans show lower rates of financial hardship than individuals who never served, many of Frederick County’s veterans, especially those in communities of color, face tough financial challenges.

For example, 35% of Frederick County’s Black veterans and 30% of Hispanic veterans struggle to afford a basic cost of living earning. This is in comparison to 17% of White veterans. These ALICE levels are higher than the state of Maryland where 25%, 21% and 24% of Black, Hispanic and White veterans are ALICE, respectively.

Download the ALICE in Focus: Veterans Report for Maryland

Download the Report on Veterans in Frederick County

ALICE in Focus: Veterans

Local DVM -

  • Click to watch  media coverage of the 2020 ALICE Report Release & Community Conversation.

The Frederick News-Post -

  • Click to read  media coverage of the 2020 ALICE Report Release & Community Conversation.

Local ALICE Partners

  • Advocates for Homeless Families
  • Blessings in a Backpack
  • Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County
  • Care Net Pregnancy Center of Frederick
  • Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership
  • City of Frederick
  • The Community Foundation of Frederick County
  • Community Living, Inc.
  • Federated Charities
  • The Frederick Center
  • Frederick Community College
  • Frederick County Government
  • Frederick County Public Libraries
  • Frederick County Public Schools
  • Frederick Health
  • Frederick Rescue Mission
  • Girls on the Run of Mid & Western Maryland
  • Goodwill Industries of Monocacy Valley
  • Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County
  • Heartly House
  • Hood College
  • Frederick Health Hospice
  • Housing Authority of the City of Frederick
  • Interfaith Housing Alliance
  • Kiwanis Club of Frederick
  • Literacy Council of Frederick County
  • Marriage Resource Center
  • Mental Health Association of Frederick County
  • New Spire Arts
  • Partners in Care
  • Second Chances Garage
  • Spanish Speaking Community of Maryland
  • Helen J. Serini Foundation
  • SHIP of Frederick County
  • Woman to Woman Mentoring
  • Zavos Architecture+Design