The Children’s Council of San Francisco, which advocates for quality child care and education, uses the Standard to demonstrate the burden of child care costs.
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.
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison La Follette School of Public Affairs used the Standard in their analysis of benefits cliffs for Wisconsin families. Given their findings, they propose multiple policy recommendations, including aligning benefit eligibility with self-sufficiency wages.
RTI and NC State University Institute for Emerging Issues partnered to analyze the characteristics that increase the likelihood of a single adult being below the Standard and develop potential policy solutions.
The Colorado Center on Law and Policy has used the Standard to advocate for state legislation allowing local governments to set higher local minimum wages. Employers and educational institutions have also used the Self-Sufficiency Standard to set organizational wage standards in Colorado.
The Standard was cited in research and testimony in support of the SeaTac living wage ordinance (raising wages to $15/hour for covered employees) and in the successful campaign to raise the minimum wage in Seattle to $15/hour (over several years, depending on establishment size).
Dr. Pearce testified as an expert witness in the case City of Richland vs. Wakefield for a woman who was ordered to pay court fees, despite her inability to pay.
Rise Together published their Promoting Family Economic Security in the San Francisco Bay Area Region Report to highlight the extent of poverty in the Bay Area and present simulations of potential solutions to help families become self-sufficient.