Califorina’s women’s charities are under pressure to reduce the cost of clothing for low-income families and low-performing children because of a lack of access to clothing, according to a report released Wednesday by the nonprofit Women in Clothing.
The nonprofit, which provides clothing to the homeless and lowincome, found that in the past five years the average cost of a woman’s first two items of clothing was $8.33, a decrease of 4.3 percent from the previous five years, according the report.
The average cost for a third item was $16.72, down from $26.80 last year.
In contrast, the average annual cost of items for a child under the age of four was $14.18 in 2017, a 3.6 percent decrease.
The annual cost for an individual under age 65 was $13.85 in 2017.
The cost of the first two item is a key factor for women’s organizations, which are trying to find ways to get rid of clothing and other household items that are not used.
The group estimates that in 2016 alone, there were more than 3 million women’s shelters across California.
The charity’s findings come as California’s Democratic Gov.
Jerry Brown’s administration has begun to roll back regulations that limited how much clothing can be donated.
The report said that of the 6.2 million items donated last year, more than 6.7 million were for women who are poor or low-wage earners.
The rest of the items were donated by households and businesses that provide clothing to low- and moderate-income households.
About one in five of the women who donated clothing last year had no money in their bank account and one in three had no credit card.
The charity estimated that the total cost of donating clothing to shelters, shelters’ operations, and the state was $1.7 billion.