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.
Data & Tools
Alabama Arise is a statewide, member-led organization advancing public policies to improve the lives of Alabamians who are marginalized by poverty. Read more.
Alabama Arise has used the Standard to inform a working definition of poverty and reflect basic costs of living.
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 - Alabama
Alabama Arise Coalition for Progressive Taxes
Alabama Arise Coalition for Progressive Taxes The nonprofit organization Alabama Arise led a coalition that successfully advocated for more progressive taxes, thereby increasing the income