The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued it’s annual update of the HHS Poverty Guidelines, reflecting the 1.8 percent inflation increase between calendar years 2018 and 2019. It is important to remember that these guidelines are different from the poverty threshold, which is used to determine poverty statistics by the US Census Bureau. Instead, the guidelines serve as the criteria for eligibility to participate in or receive assistance from federal programs.

The 2020 Guidelines are roughly equal to the poverty thresholds for calendar year 2019 which the Census Bureau expects to publish in final form in September 2020.

 2020 Poverty Guidelines for the 48 Contiguous States and the District of Columbia

Person in family/householdPoverty Guideline
1$12,760
217,240
321,720
426,200
530,680
635,160
739,640
844,120
For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $4,480 for each additional person.
 
Click here to download the 2020 HHS Poverty Guidelines. Click here to view the full Federal Register Alert.