Self-Sufficiency Standard


The Center for Women’s Welfare Self-Sufficiency Standard defines the income working families need to meet a minimum yet adequate level, taking into account family composition, ages of children, and geographic differences in costs. The Standard is an affordability and living wage economic security measure that provides an alternative to the official poverty measure.


PathWays PA provides residential and community-based services for women, children and families as they work to break the cycle of poverty, homelessness, and abuse. Read more.

PathWays PA uses the Standard to inform policy and develop a more nuanced understanding of the experiences of families in Pennsylvania.

How to cite

All Self-Sufficiency Standard data that has been produced by the Center for Women’s Welfare is publicly available. When using the data, please credit the Self-Sufficiency Standard at the Center for Women’s Welfare, University of Washington.

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The Standard in Use - Pennsylvania