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02-11-2013, 04:29 PM
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To qualify for some welfare benefits, the applicant must "be at or below 135% of the poverty level." Does anyone know what this means? Can some of you furnish an example or examples of how to calculate this?

Take for instance a family of four with an annual, after-taxes income of \$40,000. How would the "135%" thingy be applied to that?

Thanks to all for some examples.

02-11-2013, 05:05 PM
 Location: Raleigh NC 4,085 posts, read 3,545,894 times Reputation: 3304
the poverty level is established at \$X. Your annual TOTAL BEFORE TAX income would have to be below 1.35 x \$X.

"The poverty line for a family of four in 2011 was \$22,314"

That means 135% of that is \$30,124

02-11-2013, 05:19 PM
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 Originally Posted by BoBromhal the poverty level is established at \$X. Your annual TOTAL BEFORE TAX income would have to be below 1.35 x \$X. "The poverty line for a family of four in 2011 was \$22,314" That means 135% of that is \$30,124
Alright, thanks.

So if that family of four had an income of \$30,124 (\$7,810 above the established poverty level), it might nevertheless be eligible for certain entitlements?

02-11-2013, 07:16 PM
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 Originally Posted by Poinciana Alright, thanks. So if that family of four had an income of \$30,124 (\$7,810 above the established poverty level), it might nevertheless be eligible for certain entitlements?
A family of four getting by on \$30k isn't exactly living high on the hog. That's both parents working at McDonald's level income.

02-11-2013, 09:08 PM
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 Originally Posted by Poinciana To qualify for some welfare benefits, the applicant must "be at or below 135% of the poverty level." Does anyone know what this means? Can some of you furnish an example or examples of how to calculate this? Take for instance a family of four with an annual, after-taxes income of \$40,000. How would the "135%" thingy be applied to that? Thanks to all for some examples.
Which benefits are you thinking of?

02-12-2013, 11:33 AM
 Location: (Orginally From Ann Arbor, MI) Now reside in Evans, Georgia 542 posts, read 806,464 times Reputation: 293
remember that is the cap income. if you remotely close to it less benefits you would qualify for

first \$100 is a right off( as it doesnt count a month) anything after that they deduct towards of your allowed earned income and the more you make the less likely you qualify for benefits.

families who have a total household income that is too high to qua
for Medicaid but too low to afford rising health insurance premiums are able to get free or reduced price comprehensive health care for their children( under age of 21 and in school) over 21 the alotments is alot differnt.

At the cap rate they be elible for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program , reduce lunches are public schools..not necessarly a 'hand out"

02-12-2013, 01:09 PM
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Some programs use the LMI tag...low to moderate income...which is defined as 80% or less of median family income. It can vary per county and per the number of people in a household.

Poverty level I believe is around 50% of the median income...hence why you have the 135%, which basically is saying LMI status + 5%.

02-13-2013, 07:52 AM
 Location: Raleigh 623 posts, read 642,470 times Reputation: 646
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 Originally Posted by Poinciana Alright, thanks. So if that family of four had an income of \$30,124 (\$7,810 above the established poverty level), it might nevertheless be eligible for certain entitlements?
Have you tried supporting a family of four on 22k?

Have you calculate the cost to own a car to get to a job?

Food?

Rent?

Utilities?
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