U.S. Federal Poverty Guidelines Used to Determine Financial Eligibility for Certain Federal Programs

The poverty guidelines are issued each year in the Federal Register by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The guidelines are a simplification of the poverty thresholds for use for administrative purposes — for instance, determining financial eligibility for certain federal programs. For more information regarding the federal poverty guidelines, visit ASPE.HHS.GOV

NOTE: Programs within Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation may differ with their definition of “family”, countable income and other factors. Each program has individual income eligibility guidelines. Please refer to individual programs for further income information.

Annual income can be proven by Federal Income Tax Form, Social Security Statement, Form 1099s.

Monthly income can be proven by payroll check stubs, bank statements, or other proof that shows your current gross income.

Current Federal Poverty Guidelines can be viewed by selecting the image below.


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