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The Self-Sufficiency Standard for Maryland 2012

Maryland Community Action Partnership

The Self-Sufficiency Standard for Maryland 2012

The Maryland Community Action Partnership has published the Self-Sufficiency Standard for Maryland 2012 to help Maryland families and individuals make progress toward real economic security.  The results will be used to advocate on behalf of Maryland's low-income families to ensure that their voice is heard at the local, state and national levels.

The Self-Sufficiency Standard for Maryland 2012 describes how much income families must generate to meet their basic needs without public or private assistance.  The report provides specific data for each county of Maryland.  It shows that despite earnings well above the official Federal Poverty Level these wages in Maryland are still far below what is needed to meet families' basic needs.

Dr. Diana M. Pearce has calculated results for similar reports for 38 states and the District of Columbia.  She currently serves on the faculty of the University of Washington School of Social Work and is the founder and Director of the Center for Women's Welfare at the University of Washington.

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