You know ALICE. You see them every day. They are the childcare worker at your daycare, the cashier at your supermarket, aging parents on Social Security, waiters & waitresses, office clerks, and others. They are employed and essential, yet they struggle to survive.
ALICE is Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. They are hardworking people one paycheck away from financial ruin. They live in continuous fear of an unexpected bill that may extend them beyond their already tight budgets.
Who is ALICE?
- ALICE is Asset Limited, Income Constrained, and Employed individuals who live and work in our communities.
- They tend to work two or three jobs to make ends meet.
- They earn more than the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), but not enough for the cost of living where they live.
- They are your friends and neighbors.
- ALICE is 41% of Arkansas's population.
- ALICE is 30% of the River Valley's population.
- You are or know someone who is ALICE.
When COVID-19 hit, many River Valley households were one emergency away from financial ruin, setting the stage for the unprecedented economic impact of the crisis. Arkansas' latest ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Report highlights hardworking yet struggling residents who have little or no savings and are especially vulnerable to the ramifications of COVID-19. The Arkansas ALICE Report and the Pope, Johnson, and Yell County ALICE breakdown can be viewed at aliceinar.com.
What can you do?
You can meet ALICE in Arkansas by viewing these #SEEALICE Mythbuster stories.
You can raise awareness of ALICE by introducing them to your friends and family by sharing this page.
You can help ALICE by giving to United Way.
Are you ALICE?