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The Real Cost Measure in California 2023:

Our New Study on What it Takes to Make Ends Meet in California


Every dollar counts


Your voice matters


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We believe everyone deserves an opportunity to live their best life, get an education, and be healthy and financially stable.

Our mission is to mobilize the caring power of communities to improve health, education, and financial results for low-income children and families. In partnership with California’s local United ways, we advance opportunities for low-income Californians by implementing community impact programs and advocating for policies that help them move up.

1 in 3 California households struggle to afford a decent standard of living. We’re here to change that.

We work to break the cycle of poverty and build a better future for all Californians by strengthening:


to start California youth on a path to a bright future.

Financial Empowerment

to help struggling families move up.


to enable all Californians to live their best lives.

Over 3.7 million households in California struggle financially, roughly 240% more than reflected in federal poverty statistics.

How Much it Costs to Struggle:

The Real Cost Measure in California 2023

A United Ways of California study that examines what it actually costs to live in California by measuring the cost of housing, healthcare, child care, transportation, and other basic needs.


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“This is a chance to learn how to do something different, something I have never done before and that can go back to helping my community.”

– Sandra P., a dedicated VITA client turned volunteer, mother of three adult children, and United Ways of California Ambassador, finds joy in supporting others and maximizing their tax benefits through free tax assistance.

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