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Struggling to Get By: The Real Cost Measure in California 2015

Monday, July 20, 2015

NCG members United Way of the Bay Area and JP Morgan Chase supported the creation of Struggling to Get By: The Real Cost Measure in California 2015. The report analyzes the real costs of living in California, specifically the challenges that families face in order to do so.

The report begins with a quote for thought from Franklin Delano Roosevelt, "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance pf those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have little." This was quoted from President Roosevelt's Second Inagural Address on January 20, 1937. In this speech he acknowledged that one-third of the nation was still living in poverty after three years of economic improvement. According to the Struggling to Get By: The Real Cost Measure in California 2015 report, there are one in three families are still struggling to meet their basic needs–this number is nearly twice the Federal Poverty Level in California for the period which was examined.

Among the questions this report seeks to answer are: How many California households do not have enough income to meet their basic needs? How many are led by working adults? What do we know about these households? What do their family configurations look like? What regions and communities struggle more than others? What do income challenges look like across race, ethnicity and gender boundaries?

We find that 1 in 3 households in California, over 3.2 million families—including those with income well above the Federal Poverty Level—struggle every month to meet basic needs. 

United Way Bay Area invested thier time and resources to ensure that the report was aligned with United Ways of California's collective impact. JP Morgan Chase and its Global Philanthropy team works with community partners creating means of opportunity by supporting workforce development, financial capability, small business development, community development and provided key funding for the report. 

Read the full report.