Self Sufficiency Calculator





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If you are interested in learning more about the self sufficiency calculator, please contact one of the following individuals in your county:






Workforce Investment Boards




Benton, Franklin

Diana Hamilton


Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap

Jim McKenna


Clark, Cowlitz, Wahkiakum

Amy Gimlin or Jordana Barclay


Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Thurston

Cheryl Fambles, CEO



Seanna Melchior Ruvkun


Kittitas, Klickitat, Skamania, Yakima

Amy Martinez



Karen Downing



Curtis Takahashi



Dawn Karber



*If you do not see your county listed above, please contact a person in King County for more details.




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Search for jobs in Washington State


Find your nearest WorkSource center




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Free Job Assistance Services

WorkSource employment centers provide free employment services for adults and youth.


Find your nearest WorkSource center


Services for job seekers include:

  • Free use of computers, copiers, phones, faxes and other career resources
  • Internet access to jobs
  • Job referral and placement
  • Workshops on career exploration and how to get and keep a job
  • Skills assessments
  • Information on the fastest growing jobs and wages
  • Referral to training and other services
  • Access to Unemployment Insurance
  • Translation services

If you have a disability, WorkSource offices offer services and equipment that can help you find a job.



Financial Assistance for Training Programs

There are many subsidized training programs in Washington State that provide financial assistance to you if you are needing to get a first time job, change jobs, and/or developing your skills and training.


Find out if you qualify for a subsidized training program




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If you are unemployed and want to enroll in unemployment insurance or learn more about it, go to Job Seeker Benefits




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Many web sites offer important information on wages and jobs that are in demand. Here are a few links to resources that will help you with your career planning:


Workforce Explorer: This web site offers information for Washington state residents only on thousands of careers, jobs that are in demand, wages, job openings in your county, and training programs that offer courses that prepare you for a specific job. If you don't know what you might like to do for a living or if you are thinking of changing your job, this is also a great web site to explore different career paths.


O*Net Online: This web site is similar to Workforce Explorer except it provides job vacancy and pay information for the entire country and not just Washington state. This site also allows you to list your basic skills and then tells you what jobs you would be good at doing.


Career One Stop provides information on WorkSource offices or "One Stops" around the country as well as resume writing and interviewing tips. You may also plan your education and career goals or find an educational institution or apprenticeship program in your area related to something you are interested in doing. There is much more to explore!


The Bureau of Labor Statistics is an independent national statistical agency that collects, processes, analyzes, and disseminates essential statistical data to the American public. The BLS also serves as a statistical resource to the Department of Labor. Information on this site includes data related to: high growth industries, national occupation outlook, wages by occupation and area, economic new releases, and cost of living information by state.


Map Your Career: Explore occupations and career pathways in key industries.




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Ever thought about becoming an apprentice in carpentry, auto repair, welding, accounting, or hospitality? There are thousands of apprenticeship opportunities in Washington for people of all ages.

Click here to learn more.


Washington State Community and Technical Colleges

Discover your career interests, explore your education options, and find the Washington state community or technical college that best meets your goals. It's all right here for you. To find out more, go to


Washington Career Bridge

Find education and training providers, explore careers, and find resources to help pay for training.

Click here to learn more.




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If you need support with issues related to child care, disability services, food, domestic violence, emergency assistance, mental health, medical care, or senior services, DSHS can help. The number to dial is: 1-800-737-0617 or click here.


Food Banks

For information and locations of food banks in your area, click here.


2-1-1 Services Directory

If you don't know where to begin in finding help, try the 2-1-1 online services directory. This information web site was created by United Way for all community based organizations and services in Washington.



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A number of work supports are included in the Self-Sufficiency Calculator. You may test to see if you may be eligible for one or more of these work supports by answering a few questions within the Calculator. Below is a list of the work supports and contact information if you want to find out more about these programs. Click once on the Work Support name to be directed to that program's web site.


Washington Health Benefit Exchange

(Online marketplace for individuals, families, and small businesses to find, compare, and enroll in qualified health insurance plans)

To apply, contact: 1-800-660-9840

Working Connections Child Care

(Help with child care costs)

To apply, contact: 1-800-446-1114

Apple Health for Kids

(Subsidized health care insurance for children of low income individuals or families)

To apply, contact: 1-877-KIDS-NOW

ECEAP (Subsidized programs for preschool-aged children)

To apply, contact the center nearest you (see website)

Housing Assistance

To apply, contact: 1-800-955-2232

Food Stamps

To apply, contact: 1-877-980-9140

Head Start / Early Head Start (Subsidized programs for infants, toddlers and preschoolers)

To apply, contact the center nearest you (see website)

Medicaid/Apple Health (Social and health services for low income individuals or families)

To apply, contact: 1-800-562-3022

Utility Assistance (LIHEAP) (Help with heating and electricity bills for low income individuals and families)

To apply, contact: 360-725-2857


Washington Connection

You can apply online for many of these benefits through a single website.


Parent Help 1-2-3

Information on food, health, and childcare resources, and assistance with application for benefits.


Benefits Checkup

Information on resources for older Americans who need help paying for prescription drugs, healthcare, utilities, and other basic needs.




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"Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) are matched savings accounts that enable low-income American families to save, build assets and enter the financial mainstream. IDAs reward the monthly savings of working-poor families who are trying to buy their first home, pay for post-secondary education, or start a small business. This reward or incentive is provided through the use of matching funds that typically come from a variety of private and public sources. Similar to 401(k)s, IDAs make it easier for low-income families to build the financial assets they need to achieve the American Dream."

- Definition from CFED website


For more information, visit the CFED website.



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Asset Building Collaborative of King County

The Seattle-King County Asset Building Collaborative (SKC ABC) is comprised of over sixty non-profit agencies, seventeen banks and credit unions, and a dozen public entities (both local and national). The Collaborative believes that financial knowledge and sufficient assets are crucial to help struggling families move out of poverty and towards economic self-sufficiency. SKC ABC has built a system of financial empowerment services and interconnected networks to deliver a variety of services throughout King County, such as access to affordable, mainstream banking; financial planning, education, and coaching; credit and debt counseling; free tax preparation; access to public benefits; microenterprise development; and homeownership and foreclosure prevention resources.


For more information about this group, visit the Seattle-King County Asset Building Collaborative website.


Northwest Area Foundation (8 state partners)

This group of philanthropic organizations identifies, shares, and advocates on initiatives that help reduce poverty for the long term. The foundation partners operate in select communities in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington and Oregon, providing technical assistance and financial resources through their "Ventures, Horizons and Connections" programs. They also meet with other organizations and communities to gather and share practical knowledge.


Self Sufficiency Standard Report for Washington State

This important report has detailed information including:

  • what it costs to live in specific areas of the state
  • what occupations pay self sufficient wages for a particular family type
  • recommendations for policy makers, program staff, and educators
  • wage differences between men and women

Center for Women's Welfare (University of Washington School of Social Work)

Founded in 2002, the Center for Women.s Welfare.s (CWW) primary mission is to serve as a resource and research center to support the continued development and refinement of The Self-Sufficiency Standard, related research, tools and products.


Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW), based out of Washington, DC, has been a strong leader in self-sufficiency initiatives and asset building.