Frequently Asked Questions Related to the Poverty Guidelines and Poverty

The poverty guidelines, which are issued every year in the Federal Register by the Department of Health and Human Services, are a simplified version of the federal poverty thresholds used for administrative purposes. Grantees often have questions regarding who is eligible for enrollment in Head Start and other social services programs. These frequently asked questions will assist them in understanding how to use the guidelines to assess eligibility and other questions they may have.

What are the differences between the poverty guidelines and the poverty thresholds?

When are the poverty guidelines usually published each year? View the website