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Government Poverty Guidelines

Produced by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Reviewed January 2020

Every year, the federal government establishes poverty guidelines to determine who is financially eligible for particular programs. The chart below tells you the yearly income cut-offs for 2019. These figures change every year in January and are available online at the US Department of Health and Human Services website.

Household
Size

100%
of Poverty

125%
of Poverty

200%
of Poverty

300%
of Poverty

1

$12,760

$15,950

$25,520

$38,280

2

$17,240

$21,550

$34,480

$51,720

3

$21,720

$27,150

$43,440

$65,160

4

$26,200

$32,750

$52,400

$78,600

5

$30,680

$38,350

$61,360

$92,040

6

$35,160

$43,950

$70,320

$105,480

7

$39,640

$49,550

$79,280

$118,920

8

$44,120

$55,150

$88,240

$132,360

Each additional person.

$4,480

$5,600

$8,960

$13,440

 

Federal Register Volume 85, Number 12 (January 17, 2020) pp. 3060-3061

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