(April Newsletter) We hear it from our neighbors, we see it in our own experience: the cost of living is increasing faster than wages in Washington State. What does that mean for folks who call this valley home? And how can our community make a difference?
Several years ago at Room One, we came across a tool developed by the University of Washington called the self-sufficiency standard that examines how much a family needs to get their basic needs met. Research shows that households need a differing amount of money to make ends meet depending on their family type (kids in childcare? two income earners or just one?) and the place they live (rural or urban community? low-cost or affordable housing?). They also found that wages are not keeping pace with growing expenses, and the supports we put in place as a community, like affordable childcare, food, housing, healthcare, and more, are critical for the financial stability of individuals and families.
On May 2nd, a UW team is coming to the Methow Valley to talk about the cost of living here, in our own community, and the kinds of wage supports that make a difference. This event is hosted by the partners of the Little Star South Collaborative (Room One, Little Star, and TwispWorks). We hope you can join us!
What will people take away from the event?
Information they can use to make decisions about employment that best supports them and their family
A better understanding of wage supports like childcare subsidies, food benefits, and housing support, and how these supports can affect their financial stability
Data that employers can use to support their employees