Each year, the U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services issues poverty guidelines, which are
income levels below which an individual or family is considered to
be living in poverty. The guidelines are sometimes referred to as
the federal poverty level, or FPL.
Some ODJFS programs use the FPL to
determine applicants' eligibility for benefits. To be eligible for
the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, for example, a
family's income cannot exceed 130 percent of the FPL. To be
eligible for publicly funded child care initially, a family's
income cannot exceed 125 percent of the FPL. After that, families
may remain eligible until their income exceeds 200 percent of the
More information and a chart
containing this year's guidelines can be found at http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/index.cfm.