In New York, the Standard has been used in modeling services for young adults in career education to demonstrate how their future career choices and educational paths might impact their ability to support a future family or to address changing family dynamics.
The Standard has been used in California, Connecticut, Illinois, New York, New Jersey, Hawaii, Nebraska, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington State to advocate for higher wages through living wage ordinances and in negotiating labor union agreements.
The New York Women’s Center for Education and Career Advancement used the Standard to train counselors to better communicate ideas about Self-Sufficiency and economic issues with their clients and assess benefit eligibility.
The Financial Literacy Independence Program (FLIP) utilized the Standard to teach young women the actual cost of living in New York City and what is needed to become economically self-sufficient.
Monroe Community College, located in the Finger Lakes Region in New York, used the Self-Sufficiency Standard as a benchmark to measure occupational wage outcomes in their report Measuring Middle-Skills Occupational Gaps.
The NYS Department of Labor utilizes the Standard to aid in the implementation of workforce training programs. They seek to provide accurate labor market information about self-sufficiency rates and help place women in fairly compensated careers.