Federal Poverty Guidelines

Produced by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Reviewed January 2022

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 2022. These figures change every year in January and are available online at the US Department of Health and Human Services website.

2022 Federal Poverty Guidelines

 

Household
Size

100% 125% 200% 300%
1 $13,590 $16,988 $27,180 $40,770
2 $18,310 $22,888 $36,620 $54,930
3 $23,030 $28,788 $46,060 $69,090
4 $27,750 $34,688 $55,500 $83,250
5 $32,470 $40,588 $64,940 $97,410
6 $37,190 $46,488 $74,380 $111,570
7 $41,910 $52,388 $83,820 $125,730
8 $46,630 $58,288 $93,260 $139,890
each additional person $4,720 $5,900 $9,440 $14,160

from the US Department of Health and Human Services and Federal Register pending publication

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
Reviewed 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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