2004: CT Human Services

“The Self-Sufficiency Standard for Middletown, Connecticut 2004”

for Connecticut Association for Human Services

by Rachel Curtin, Margaret Garrett, Linden McEntire, and Terence Poon


The Self-Sufficiency Standard is a new measure of income adequacy — a calculation of the actual income required for families to meet their basic needs. The Standard is a more accurate and individualized income gauge than the existing Federal Poverty Level (FPL) which, since the 1960’s, has only been updated to reflect inflation. Thirty-nine Standards have been developed at a statewide level, but this project’s goal was to create a Self-Sufficiency Standard as specific to Middletown, Connecticut as possible. The Middletown Standard was written by four Wesleyan University student researchers in collaboration with the Connecticut Association for Human Services.