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Federal Poverty Guidelines

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 FPL.

More information and a chart containing this year's guidelines can be found at