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Economic Development

The Real Cost Measure Discussion


In June 2023, United Ways of California released How Much it Costs to Struggle: The Real Cost Measure in California 2023, a new study that reveals the “real cost” of living in California. Unlike the official poverty measure, the Real Cost Measure factors the costs of housing, food, health care, child care and other basic needs for a much more accurate measure of what it takes to make ends meet in California.

At this event, co-hosted by United Way of San Diego and Catalyst, we will discuss what the Real Cost Measure looks like throughout San Diego County, and address the challenges low-income households face every day to make ends meet. Through the lens of race, gender and geography, we find single mothers, households of color, households with young children and seniors particularly struggle.

We hope you can join us in this discussion about the collective and individual assets we can harness to empower and support under-served families within our community.

Target Audience

This program is designed for a diverse range of participants, including Catalyst members, elected officials, housing nonprofits and developers, childcare providers, and community nonprofit leaders and philanthropists.


Please register for the event here. 


The San Diego Foundation

Historic Decatur Rd
San Diego, CA 92106

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