In 2021, over 109,000 of Erie County’s nearly 413,000 households were ALICE or Asset Limited, Income Constrained & Employed.  ALICE households have an income above the federal poverty level but are still struggling to afford basic household necessities. This is in addition to the over 57,000 households living in poverty in Erie County. 

This simulation is available for both virtual and in-person groups. Participants experience the tough decisions Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed families make daily, bringing to light the realities faced by people who live in financial hardship and the ripple effect this has on our community.

The ALICE Experience is a powerful engagement tool that will challenge your understanding of financial hardship and reveal important insights about the often invisible need in our community.

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Groups of up to five people are assigned a family profile and must build a budget within the limitations of their assigned family. The virtual ALICE Experience lasts approximately 60-90 minutes pending audience. 


Cost $500
Nonprofit Agency (UW Staff may request proof of current nonprofit status) $250
Funded Agency No Charge

(Prices are reflective of a maximum group size of 50. If you would like to have additional participants a fee of $10 will be applied to anyone over the maximum group size of 50.)


Use the form below to request an ALICE Experience simulation or contact Rosing Velez at rosing.velez [at]