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The poverty guidelines are issued each year in the Federal Register by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS.) The guidelines are a simplification of the poverty thresholds (updated each year by the Census Bureau) for use for administrative purposes - for instance, determining financial eligibility for certain federal programs.
Programs using the guidelines or percentage multiples of them (such as 125 percent, 150 percent, or 185 percent), in determining eligibility include the Food Stamp Program, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, and the Children's Health Insurance Program. Most of these programs are non-open-ended programs - that is, programs for which a fixed amount of money is appropriated each year. The only open-ended programs that use the poverty guidelines for eligibility are Food Stamps, the National School Lunch Program, certain parts of Medicaid, and the subsidized portion of Medicare/Prescription Drug Coverage. Note that in general, cash public assistance programs - TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and SSI (Supplemental Security Income) - do not use the poverty guidelines in determining eligibility. The Earned Income Tax Credit program also does not use the poverty guidelines to determine eligibility.
Some state and local governments choose to use the federal poverty guidelines in their own programs and activities. Examples include financial guidelines for child support enforcement and determination of legal indigence for court purposes. Some private companies (such as utilities, telephone companies, and pharmaceutical companies) and some charitable agencies also use the guidelines in setting eligibility for their services to low-income persons.
The 2011 federal poverty guideline (for the 48 Contiguous States and D.C.) is as follows:
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In general, one can calculate various percentage multiples of the guidelines by taking the current guidelines and multiplying each number by 1.25 for 125 percent, 1.50 for 150 percent, etc. Be aware, however, that the rounding rules for these calculations, as well as procedures for calculating monthly income, are determined by the federal, state, and local program offices that use the poverty guidelines for eligibility purposes
In general you may obtain a certified copy of a birth certificate by writing or visiting the Bureau of Vital Statistics in the State where you were born. For a complete listing of addresses by State, we recommend that you visit this web site: National Center for Health Statistics
Costs and requirements vary, so review the instructions on the web site first.
If you were born in Larimer County, the local Vital Statistics number is 498-6710.
No. Regulations require that we count gross monthly income before taxes, retirement and any other deductions.
The State Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care, Licensing Information at 1-800-799-5876.
No. It is not possible to accurately determine eligibility without having a potential recipient complete an application. In this way, all of the eligibility factors can be correctly considered and a potential recipient is not inadvertently misinformed about their eligibility.
You may be eligible to receive food stamp benefits, whether or not you work, if you have a low income.
The amount of food stamp benefits a low-income person or family can receive is based on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Thrifty Food Plan. The plan estimates how much it costs to provide a household with nutritious, low-cost meals. The estimates are revised every year to keep pace with changes in food prices. The average amount of food stamp benefits received per household is about $85 per month.
Total eligible households from July 1, 2003-June 30, 2004 was 49,080.
Benefit amounts vary and range from a minimum of $114.00 to a maximum of $700.00. The amount of benefit is based on factors relating to the individual household. A household may only receive one LEAP benefit per season.
No, if you are only applying for medicaid, you can mail your application to Human Services.
Yes, you are assigned an Employment Coach when you apply. You must work with your coach to be eligible for a TANF payment.
Possibly, if you provide all of the verification that support the need for the tools and you are below 250% of the Federal Poverty amount.
Yes, as long as your income and resources are within the Federal guidelines.