2017 Federal Poverty Level Guidelines

Rachel B Morgan RN, BSN 5/30/2017

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released updates of the poverty guidelines Jan. 31, 2017. The federal poverty guidelines are used as an eligibility criterion by the Community Services Block Grant program and a number of other federal programs.

The poverty guidelines are derived from the Census Bureau’s current official poverty threshold, and the figures reflect annual income.

 

2017 Poverty Guidelines for the 48 Contiguous States and the District of Columbia
Person in Family/Household Poverty Guidelines
1 $12,060
2 $16,240
3 $20,420
4 $24,600
5 $28,780
6 $32,960
7 $37,140
8 $41,320
For families/households with more than eight people, add $4,180 for each additional person.
 
2017 Poverty Guidelines for Alaska
Persons in Family/Household Poverty Guidelines
1 $15,060
2 $20,290
3 $25,520
4 $30,750
5 $35,980
6 $41,210
7 $46,440
8 $51,670
For families/households with more than eight people, add $5,230 for each additional person.
2017 Poverty Guidelines for Hawaii
Persons in Family/Household Poverty Guidelines
1 $13,860
2 $18,670
3 $23,480
4 $27,290
5 $33,100
6 $37,910
7 $42,720
8 $47,530
For families/households with more than eight people, add $4,810 for each additional person.

This notice does not provide definitions of the terms "income" nor "family" because there is considerable variation in defining these terms among the different programs that use the guidelines.