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Living Wage Campaign Resources

Last Revised: Dec 9, 2016 - Initial Posting: Aug 24, 2005
Purpose

Efforts to promote living wage job opportunities combined with efforts to help families meet basic living expenses such as food, housing, childcare, transportation, and health care are vital toward achievement of ROMA National Goal #2: The Conditions in Which Low-Income Live are Improved.

Description

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It is largely recognized that Federal Poverty Guidelines are much lower than self-sufficiency levels.  The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) has issued three reports that address this issue: Measuring Poverty in the United States (April 2009), Measuring Income and Poverty in the United States (April 2007) and When Work Doesn't Pay: What Every Policymaker Should Know (June 2006).  Extensive NCCP resources are available to support Living Wage Campaigns to help individuals and families gain the financial security needed to meet basic living needs including a Basic Needs Budget Calculator and Other Data Tools.

Measuring Poverty in the United States - National Center for Children in Poverty          Measuring Income and Poverty in the United States - National Center for Children in Poverty          When Work Doesn't Pay: What Every Policymaker Should Know - National Center for Children in Poverty

The Basic Economic Security Tables, which are part of  The Economic Security Database under the Institute for Women's Policy Research.  The BEST Index presents local expenses, savings requirements, and what incomes are needed to achieve economic security by family type, and at the city, county, and state levels.

Living Wage Calculator - Penn State UniversityLiving Wage Calculator under the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reflects poverty rates among the working poor for use with public policymaking and planning, as well as advocacy initiatives.  Local data is presented on basic monthly expenses according to family size and composition to compute the level of gross annual income required to afford the cost-of-living.  A Living Wage (per hour) is then compared to:

  • Typical wages for various professions
  • Poverty level
  • Minimum wage

Economic Policy Institute (EPI) provides high-quality research and education in order to promote a prosperous, fair, and sustainable economy.  Items offered include:

National Low-Income Housing Coalition - The Housing Wage in Out of Reach captures the gap between wages and rents across the country, and is the estimate of the full-time hourly wage that a household must earn to afford a decent apartment at the HUD estimated Fair Market Rent (FMR), while spending no more than 30% of income on housing costs.  The report includes a side-by-side comparison of wages and rents in every county, Metropolitan Area (MSAs/HMFAs), combined nonmetropolitan area and state in the United States.

Watch The Poverty USA VideoCatholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD)

Other Resources

Outcomes

Efforts to promote living wage job opportunities combined with efforts to help families meet basic living expenses such as food, housing, childcare, transportation, and health care are vital toward achievement of ROMA National Goal #2: The Conditions in Which Low-Income Live are Improved.

Contact

Kenneth Ackerman, Virtual CAP Project Manager
434.295.8802