I’m afraid to recommend using this Living Wage Calculator with clients directly or they will be much less likely to accept the first available job if it pays a non-living wage.
I also don’t recommend looking too closely at the non-living wage listed for most community and social service jobs.
So, what can I do with this, you ask?
- Check the monthly budget estimates you use when talking to clients or completing mandatory Family Self Sufficiency Forms (an RCA requirement).
- Compare the estimated rent payments with the rents in apartments your agency finds for clients as a reality check.
- Think about how you can help clients reduce the estimated monthly expenses with access to benefit programs, tips on smart shopping or connections to other social service assistance.
If you think of other ways it could be helpful, add a comment to this post.