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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The Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies works to alleviate poverty and empower low-income families in their communities. Read more.

OACAA uses the Standard to build a calculator the can be used to assist with budgeting or by employers, advocates or legislators to evaluate wages, provide career counseling, or create programs that lead to economic 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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