You are about to put yourself in the shoes of a typical ALICE family.
Who is ALICE?
ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. ALICE families are those that have earnings above the Federal Poverty Level, but below a basic cost-of-living threshold. In other words, they are working around the clock to make ends meet.
46% of Arkansans are ALICE. You see ALICE every day, in the workers who have been essential to keeping our community running during the pandemic: grocery store employees, certified nursing assistants, childcare and restaurant workers.
When ALICE suffers and is forced to make difficult choices, we are all impacted. For the next few minutes, you'll experience some of the tough choices that ALICE households have to make every single day
How It Works
Below, you'll choose which experience you'd like to explore: that of a family with 2 parents and 2 children, or a single senior on a fixed income. You'll navigate a household budget for each, making choices about how to spend your monthly budget credits.
As you explore the choices that ALICE individuals and families make, you may find this experience familiar. You may have grown up as ALICE, or spent early career years as ALICE. You may have friends, family members, or employees who are ALICE.
We invite you to thoughtfully consider these experiences as you explore ALICE.