Financial Stability

United Way Helps Americans Achieve Financial Stability

For some, being financially stable means having enough money to pay bills on time.  Others may need an extra bag of food from a food pantry each month to feed their family.  For another family, it might mean having a consistent roof over their heads, or dependable transportation. 

As many as one-third of working Americans do not earn enough money to meet their basic needs. Wages have not kept pace with the rising cost of housing, healthcare, and education and currently, 40 million Americans are working in low-paying jobs without basic health and retirement benefits.  Our impact in Financial Stability is focused on making sure families, individuals, veterans, and seniors have the support they need to become self-sufficient and stable. 

 What is Self-Sufficiency?

Webster Dictionary defines self-sufficiency as : able to maintain oneself without outside aid : capable of providing for one's own needs. Throughout our state, incomes well above the Federal Poverty Level are still far below what is necessary for families to meet their basic needs.

So how do you know how much you need to make to live in Lincoln County in order to be self-sufficient?  You can enter your information in the Money Needs Calculator!

To see the COMPLETE Self Sufficiency Standard for North Carolina 2020, click here.

To see JUST the portion of the 2020 report for Lincoln County, click here.


Feel free to try our Poverty Exercise to see what many families in Lincoln County deal with EVERYDAY!