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.


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A national economic justice organization, the Insight Center is working to build inclusion and equity form people of color, women, immigrants, and low-income families. Read more.

The Standard helps support the development of the Insight Center’s Family Needs Calculator which has been used in their work around reform of criminal legal fines and fees.


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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