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Self Sufficiency Standard

Self Sufficiency Standard

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 official 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. 

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