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The Self-Sufficiency Standard measures how much income is needed for a family of a certain composition in a given place to adequately meet their basic needs - without public or private assistance. The Standard makes it possible to determine if families' incomes are enough to meet basic needs. The Standard assumes that all adults (whether married or single) work full-time and includes the costs associated with employment - specifically, transportation and taxes, and for families with young children, childcare. The Standard also takes into consideration the ages of children in the family, as well as regional variations of cost.

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The Self-Sufficiency Standrad for Indiana 2016

The Self-Sufficiency Standard for Indiana 2016

This report presents and analyzes The Self-Sufficiency Standard for Indiana 2016. The measure calculates how much income a family must earn to meet basic needs, with the amount varying by family composition and where they live. The Standard presented here is a tool that can be used in a variety of ways - by clients of workforce and training programs seeking paths to self-sufficiency, by program managers to evaluate program effectiveness, and by policymakers and legislators seeking to create programs and pathways that lead to self-sufficiency for working families.


 On the Road: Exploring Economic Security Pathways in Indiana  

On the Road: Exploring Economic Security Pathways in Indiana

This report addresses the issue of economic security for Indiana households. The Self-Sufficiency Standard approach to economic security consists of three elements: securing the costs of daily basic needs, creating an emergency savings fund, and choosing the appropriate asset-building Economic Security Pathway(s). While the The Self-Sufficiency Standard for Indiana 2016 focuses on the first two elements, this report focuses on the third. The three pathways described in this report are postsecondary education, improved housing/homeownership, and savings for retirement.


Self-Sufficiency Factsheets by County:

These factsheets offer a one-page analysis of what it really takes to be self-sufficient in a particular county in Indiana. They include comparisions to minimum wage and federal poverty lines, as well as basic budget information for selected family types.

Adams   Clay   Fayette   Harrison   Johnson   Martin   Parke   St. Joseph   Union   White  
Allen   Clinton   Floyd   Hendricks   Knox   Miami   Perry   Scott   Vanderburgh   Whitley  
Bartholomew   Crawford   Fountain   Henry   Kosciusko   Monroe   Pike   Shelby   Vermillion    
Benton   Daviess   Franklin   Howard   LaGrange   Montgomery   Porter   Spencer   Vigo    
Blackford   Dearborn   Fulton   Huntington   Lake   Morgan   Posey   Starke   Wabash    
Boone   Decatur   Gibson   Jackson   LaPorte   Newton   Pulaski   Steuben   Warren    
Brown   DeKalb   Grant   Jasper   Lawrence   Noble   Putnam   Sullivan   Warrick    
Carroll   Delaware   Greene   Jay   Madison   Ohio   Randolph   Switzerland   Washington    
Cass   Dubois   Hamilton   Jefferson   Marion   Orange   Ripley   Tippecanoe   Wayne    
Clark   Elkhart   Hancock   Jennings   Marshall   Owen   Rush   Tipton   Wells    



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Resources from the 2009 Indiana Self-Sufficiency Standard