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on the Self Sufficiency Standard
The Family Economic Self-Sufficiency Standard (Self-Sufficiency Standard) measures the minimum income necessary to cover all of a non-elderly (under 65 years old) individual or family’s basic expenses—housing, food, child care, health care, transportation, and taxes – without public or private assistance. The California Self-Sufficiency Standard is available for all 58 counties across the state.
This tool allows you to look up the Self-Sufficiency Standard for a specific county and household type in California.
The Calculator is a completely anonymous tool that helps counselors find what financial help might be available to low-income individuals and families, provides a “before” and “after” budget that takes that financial help into account, and tracks progress toward economic security using the Self-Sufficiency Standard.
The Calculator is available for select counties in California and is hosted by Self-Sufficiency Solutions. For more information and to request access to the Calculator, visit http://www.ssscalc.org/ca.
Interested in economic security for those 65 years and older? Click here to learn more about the Elder Index, the county-specific measure of the minimum income needed for individuals 65 years and older.