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.


Colorado Center on Law and Policy stands with diverse communities across Colorado in the fight against poverty through research, legislation and legal advocacy. Read more.

CCLP partners with the Self-Sufficiency Standard to provide an accurate measure of cost of living across Colorado to evaluate wages, provide career counseling, and create programs that lead to self-sufficiency for working families.

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 - Colorado

Gary Community Investments

Gary Community Investments Gary Community Investments used the Self-Sufficiency Standard for Colorado to target funding that will lead to improved economic security for low-income families.

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