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.


The Women’s Found­­ation for the State of Arizona (WFSA) innovates to create social, political, and economic change that achieves equity for women and girls of all identities through our integrated framework of research, advocacy, grantmaking, and leadership development. Read more.

The Women’s Foundation uses the Standard to demonstrate financial hardship in Arizona and analyze which public supports help people reach self-sufficiency. The Foundation also hosts the Arizona Self-Sufficiency Standard Dashboard.

The Standard has previously partnered with the Children’s Action Alliance which identifies and eliminates barriers to the well-being of children and families and creates opportunities through partnerships and policy solutions.

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 - Arizona