The Self-Sufficiency Standard

A project of the Center for Women's Welfare (CWW), the Self-Sufficiency Standard is a budget-based measure of the real cost of living and an alternative to the federal poverty measure.


The Self-Sufficiency Standard determines the amount of income required for working families to meet basic needs at a minimally adequate level, taking into account family composition, ages of children, and geographic differences in costs.


What's the Self-Sufficiency Standard in your state?