Eviction and lockdown are top concerns for people of ALICE during pandemic | Local News
Eviction or foreclosure is a major concern of households identified as ALICE – an acronym for asset limited, forced revenue, used – during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a survey conducted by the Rappahannock United Way.
ALICE households have incomes above the federal poverty line but are still unable to meet basic needs in terms of housing, childcare, food, transport, health care and technology. Eighty-four percent of those households who reported difficulty paying housing costs said they fear eviction or foreclosure.
According to the survey, households above the ALICE cutoff with concerns about housing costs were significantly less likely to report fear of an eviction or foreclosure.
United Way conducted the household survey in Fredericksburg and Stafford, Spotsylvania, Caroline and King George counties between January 25 and February 12. There were more than 1,100 respondents, the organization reported on Tuesday.
Although contracting the virus was the greatest concern of the majority of households, those below the ALICE threshold were significantly more likely than those above to say they were concerned about paying for housing expenses, childcare. , paying off debts, providing enough food, reducing hours and losing one or more jobs.
Households above the ALICE threshold were much more likely to say they were concerned about household members contracting COVID-19.