2019 Government Poverty Guidelines

Produced by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Last updated May 2019

Every year, the federal government establishes poverty guidelines to determine who is financially eligible for particular programs. The chart below tells you what the yearly income cut-offs are 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

1 12,490 $15,613 $24,980
2 16,910 $21,138 $33,820
3 21,330 $26,663 $42,660
4 25,750 $32,188 $51,500
5 30,170 $37,713 $60,340
6 34,590 $43,238 $69,180
7 39,010 $48,763 $78,020
8 $43,430 $54,288 $78,020
  4,420 $5,400 $8,640

 

Federal Register Volume 84, Issue 22 (February 1, 2019) pp. 1167- 1168

Produced by Annual Update of the HHS Poverty Guidelines, Federal Register 82 No. 19 (31 Jan 2017): p 8831and "State Median Income Estimates", USHHS, OCS, DEA, LIHEAP-IM-2017-03
Last updated May 2019

Estimated state median income for a 4-person family

60 Percent of Estimated State Median Income*

1-Person Family 2-Person Family 3-Person Family 4-Person Family 5-Person Family 6-Person Family 7-Person Family
$35,510 46,437 57,363 68,289 79,215 90,141 92,190

Source: FY 2018 LIHEAP Income Eligibility and Benefit Level Chart
Learn more about Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

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