The Self-Sufficiency Standard
The Self-Sufficiency Standard calculates how much income working adults need to meet their basic needs without subsidies of any kind. Unlike the federal poverty standard, the Self-Sufficiency Standard accounts for the costs of living and working as they vary by family size and composition and by geographic location.
Bare Necessities Out of Reach for Many Working Families in Wisconsin: Report shows how much income working families need to make ends meet across the state
The Self-Sufficiency Standard report (pdf):
- Table of Contents
- Tables for each of Wisconsin’s 72 counties and 10 Native American communities
Self-Sufficiency Standard Fact Sheet
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
The Self-Sufficiency Standard for Wisconsin was produced by the Wisconsin Women’s Network (WWN) in partnership with the national organization Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW). Research was conducted by Diana Pearce, Ph.D., University of Washington, author of the report. Supporting data was provided by various federal, state, and local governmental agencies, and private organizations.
Hard copies of the report are available for $10 (includes postage and handling) through the WWN office.
For information on the Self-Sufficiency Standard nationally, see, www.SixStrategies.org.
Statement to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules Regarding the Minimum Wage - September 23, 2004.