"significantly reducing the number of Erie County households living below a self-sufficiency benchmark calculated by PathWays PA, a state nonprofit organization.When we last calculated how many families lived below the Self-Sufficiency Standard (in 2009), we learned that 30,000 families in Erie County alone were below the Standard.
The self-sufficiency standard takes into account categories such as food, housing and utilities, transportation, child care, health-care costs, and miscellaneous items like clothing, medications and other basic needs.
According to PathWays PA, the self-sufficiency mark in Erie County for a family of four is $53,077, more than two times the federal poverty rate of $22,050."
To see the Standard in your county, please visit http://pathwayspa.org/10-11_SS_Standard.pdf. To see how many people live above and below the Standard, please visit http://pathwayspa.org/PW_Over_Under_lo_res.pdf.