People need stable, well-paying jobs in order to provide for their families and save for the future. When they are able to do this, they’re more likely to be healthy, and their children are more likely to succeed in school. Sometimes, families experience a temporary hardship and just need a little help with basic needs to get back on their feet. Other times, more intensive and sustained assistance is needed, with the same goal: to help the family become self-sufficient.
But how much is enough? United Way of NC has released the Self-Sufficiency Standard Report for North Carolina 2017, which details how much income is necessary to meet the basic needs of North Carolina families, without public or private assistance. The Standard is calculated for each county in North Carolina, for over 700 different family compositions.
These are some of our partner agencies that provide services in the areas of financial stability and basic needs:
American Red Cross (disaster services)