New Report Looks At The “Self-Sufficiency Standard For South Carolina”

Photo from the cover of the "Self-Sufficiency Standard for South Carolina" report.

Columbia, SC (WJBF) – Have you ever wondered “exactly” much money you make goes toward food, transportation, and daily needs each year?

For the first time in South Carolina, a report takes a look at how much money is actually needed to support a family in the state without any assistance.

The first “Self-Sufficiency Standard For South Carolina” looks at the basic needs of different sized families and the lowest wage they can make to pay for those needs.

Creators of the report hope to improve eligibility guidelines for government assistance by breaking down family needs deeper than the federal poverty level.

The standard report differs from the federal poverty level by including the cost of needs like child care, health care, and tax credits.

Real economic independence is the goal of the report.

“The guy who rang up your new silk tie, the administrative assistant at your office. odds are, they are struggling to pay their rent, their child care, their car insurance, their healthcare,” said Tim Ervolina, who is CEO of the United Way of South Carolina.

The report varies from county to county, with Beaufort County having the highest cost. Laurens County has the lowest cost.

You can find the full Self-Sufficiency Standard here (PDF), and the Self-Sufficiency Standard tables here (Excel).

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