It's a subject that can befuddle many of us: the definition of poverty. Well, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) puts out very important poverty guidelines each year, altering them to account for the previous calendar year's increase in prices as measured by the Consumer Price Index. The newest ones were published Wednesday in the Federal Register, the bible of government announcements.
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Government programs such as food stamps and unemployment insurance have made significant progress in easing the plight of the poor in the half-century since the launch of the war on poverty, according to a major new study. But the nation’s economy has made far less progress lifting people out of poverty without the need for government services.
If you head a family of four and you earn more than $23,283, your family is not considered to be in poverty by federal government guidelines.