Federal Poverty Guidelines
The Federal Poverty Level is a set minimum amount of gross income that a family needs for food, clothing, transportation, shelter and other necessities. In the United States, this level is determined by the Department of Health and Human Services. The Federal Poverty Level varies according to family size. The number is adjusted for inflation and reported annually in the form of "Poverty Guidelines". Most public assistance programs and nonprofit organizations use these guidelines to help determine eligibility income limits.