How do I qualify and what do I need?

    The below are the general requirements for low income programs. Keep in mind these are only general guidelines, and each program has its own specific requirements that may be more or less stringent then the below. If you are looking for the requirements for the general programs, what few requirements there are are listed with each program. 

    To qualify as low income, as a general rule, most programs require you make between 80 percent and 50 percent of the median income for your county or city for your family size, to qualify. The easiest way to determine if you are eligible is to fill out an application, but if you like to play with numbers, here is the federal poverty numbers as a general guide, but if you live in a larger city, or an expensive area to live, these numbers will be higher for your area.

Number in Household

80% of Federal Poverty

1 $11,490
2 $15,510
3 $19,530
4 $23,550
5 $27,570
6 $31,590
7 $35,610
8 $39,630
9 $43,650
10 $47,670
11 $51,690
12 $55,710
13 $59,730
14 $63,750
15 $67,770

 The upper limit amounts are 80% of the state median income for household sizes one (1) through seven (7). The upper limit amounts for household sizes eight (8) and greater are 150% of the poverty threshold for the household size.

   You may also be asked to provide some documentation. These things may include driver's license or picture ID's for everyone in the household, birth certificates for everyone, social security cards for everyone, proof of income for everyone in the household over 18, and your utility bills.

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