The United Way Association of South Carolina, many United Ways across South Carolina, Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC, Central Carolina Community Foundation, Coastal Community Foundation, and the Riley Institute at Furman partnered on the updated publication of the South Carolina Self-Sufficiency Standard.  First published in 2016, the Self-Sufficiency Standard breaks down the cost of living for more than 150 different family make-ups based on the county in which they live.

The Self Sufficiency Standard’s information provides families, businesses, community leaders, policymakers, agencies, educational institutions, and many others the decision-making data necessary to understand financial independence and build communities where residents can live without reliance on public benefits – achieving self-sufficiency through a multitude of avenues.

For more information about the standard, contact Naomi Lett, President & CEO, United Way Association of South Carolina at or go to