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The Bottom Line Setting the Real Standard for Bay Area Working Families

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Publication Date: January 2004

Publisher(s): National Economic Development and Law Center (U.S.); National Economic Development and Law Center (U.S.); National Economic Development and Law Center (U.S.); National Economic Development and Law Center (U.S.)

Funder(s): Working Partnerships USA; National Economic Development and Law Center (U.S.); Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund; United Way of the Bay Area (San Francisco, Calif.); University of Washington. Center for Women's Welfare; Head Start of Marin (Calif.); Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County; Wider Opportunities for Women, Inc.; Insight Center for Community Economic Development; Walter and Elise Haas Fund; Wiederholt, Sven; Northern California Council for the Community; Cope Family Center; Solano Coalition for Better Health; United Way Sonoma-Mendocino-Lake; United Way Silicon Valley; San Francisco Foundation; Opportunities for Technology Information Careers (OPTIC); San Francisco Central Labor Council; Women's Initiative for Self-Employment; San Mateo (Calif.) Central Labor Council; Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation

Funder(s): Working Partnerships USA; National Economic Development and Law Center (U.S.); Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund; United Way of the Bay Area (San Francisco, Calif.); University of Washington. Center for Women's Welfare; Head Start of Marin (Calif.); Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County; Wider Opportunities for Women, Inc.; Insight Center for Community Economic Development; Walter and Elise Haas Fund; Wiederholt, Sven; Northern California Council for the Community; Cope Family Center; Solano Coalition for Better Health; United Way Sonoma-Mendocino-Lake; United Way Silicon Valley; San Francisco Foundation; Opportunities for Technology Information Careers (OPTIC); San Francisco Central Labor Council; Women's Initiative for Self-Employment; San Mateo (Calif.) Central Labor Council; Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation

Topic: Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Type: Report

Coverage: California

Abstract:

Bay Area families' incomes are simply insufficient to pay for basic household costs for themselves and their children. Where do they turn? Although some low-wage workers do utilize public programs like subsidized food and child care, these programs are structured to be emergency assistance. Other low-wage workers are in the double bind of earning too much to qualify for public assistance, but too little to cover those costs out of pocket. Eligibility for many assistance programs is based on the Federal Poverty Level, which measures only the cost of food multiplied by three. The Federal Poverty Level simply no longer adequately represents the cost of living for today's working parents, who must pay for not only food but also child care, housing, transportation, and health care.

In this report on the San Francisco Bay Area, nine counties are profiled, showing the monthly expenses for families of various sizes and the number of families who are not earning enough to cover these expenses. The report also describes how some local nonprofits are using the Standard to help increase economic self-sufficiency and proven strategies that improve the lives of low-wage workers. The nonprofits highlighted in this report are helping families move toward economic self-sufficiency by challenging some of the complex factors that prevent families from moving out of poverty.