ALICE in Frederick County

ALICE families are those who are unable to afford a basic cost of living such as housing, transportation, child care, food, transportation, and health care. According the ALICE Report, 37% of Frederick County households are ALICE. They are restaurant workers, retirement home nurses, retail clerks and teachers who are relied upon every day.

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

New Research: Over 15,000 Local Children Cannot Access Federal Food Programs Yet Need Assistance

ALICE in Focus report on children reveals that federal poverty data dramatically undercounts how many children are growing up amid financial insecurity.
Frederick, MD – United Way of Frederick County, in partnership with United for ALICE researchers, have released a new report that shows that 22,067 Frederick County children live in families that can’t afford basic necessities.  While 3,042 children are identified as in poverty by the federal government, an additional 19,025 are ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) and unable to afford a basic cost of living.

ALICE in Focus: Children reveals the disproportionate impact of financial hardship on children while also challenging the reliance on federal poverty guidelines for eligibility for assistance programs. The report finds that traditional measures of poverty and assistance programs are leaving thousands without support. 

Because of low-income limitations based on the federal poverty level (FPL), 15,500 children are locked out of federal benefits such as SNAP (Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program) and FARMs (Free and Reduced Meals) at school even though their families struggle for basic necessities.  Every state in the continental United States has the same federal poverty level -- $13,590 for a single individual.  SNAP and FARMs are income eligible at 130% of the FPL.  An additional 1,000 children are within families who qualify for federal assistance, yet assistance is not received.  In total, 16,546 children aren’t receiving the assistance that they need.
Other findings from ALICE in Focus: Children include:
•    Having two working parents didn’t guarantee financial stability. Among households with two working adults, 16% of Frederick County children live in families whose income didn’t meet the cost of basic needs;
•    Nearly 6,000 children live in homes with single mothers and 69% of those children struggle every day with access to food, housing and other necessities; and
•    Over 13,000 children live in rental units and 72% of those children are ALICE.

More data is available through the ALICE in Focus: Children interactive data dashboard which provides filters for regional and local geographies, age, race, disability status, living arrangements and household work status. Visit

Read the ALICE in Focus: Children Data for Frederick County Press Release

Download the Slideshow on ALICE in Focus: Children in Frederick County

Download the ALICE in Focus: Children Report for Maryland

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 ALICE in Focus: Veterans Slideshow in Frederick County

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.

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

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