ALICE, an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, is a new way of defining and understanding the struggles of households that earn above the Federal Poverty Level, but not enough to afford a bare-bones household budget.

For far too many families, the cost of living outpaces what they earn. These households struggle to manage even their most basic needs - housing, food, transportation, child care, health care, and necessary technology.

When funds run short, cash-strapped households are forced to make impossible choices, such as deciding between quality child care or paying the rent, filling a prescription or fixing the car. These short-term decisions have long-term consequences not only for ALICE families, but for all of us.

You can learn more about ALICE in Indiana here, and checking out the Lake County report here.

To get a better understanding of what life is like for ALICE families take our online ALICE simulation here.

To find out if your family is eligible for the Level Up program, you'll first need to check that you qualify as ALICE. You can do that using our ALICE Calculator HERE.