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Poverty and Lower Living
Income Level Guidelines

Los Angeles County, 2017 & 2007

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is required by law to set income limits that determine the eligibility of applicants for HUD's assisted housing programs. The 2017 median family income for Los Angeles County is determined by HUD to be $64,300. Low-Income Families are defined as families whose incomes do not exceed 80 percent of the median family income. Very Low-Income families do not exceed 50 percent of the median family income and Extremely Low-Income Families do not exceed 30 percent of the median family income.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) also issues each year in the Federal Register Federal Poverty Guidelines. These numbers are a simplification of U.S. Census Bureau poverty thresholds that federal agencies may use for administrative purposes, such as determining financial eligibility for certain federal programs. The guidelines are the same for all 48 contiguous states (with separate guidelines for Alaska, Hawaii and U.S. territories).

The following tables show both HUD and HHS Guidelines for 2017 and, for comparison, 2007.

2017:

Family Size
(Persons in Family/Household)
Annual Family Income
HUD Low Income Level HUD Very Low Income Level HUD Extremely Low Income Level Federal Poverty Level
1 $50,500 $31,550 $18,950 $12,060
2 $57,700 $36,050 $21,650 $16,420
3 $64,900 $40,550 $24,350 $20,420
4 $72,100 $45,050 $27,050 $24,600
5 $77,900 $48,700 $29,250 $28,780
6 $83,650 $52,300 $32,960 $32,960
7 $89,450 $55,900 $37,140 $37,140
8 $95,200 $59,500 $41,320 $41,320
Each Additional Member Add --- --- --- $4,180

2007:

Family Size
(Persons in Family/Household)
Annual Family Income
HUD Low Income Levels HUD Very Low Income Levels HUD Extremely Low Income Levels HHS Federal Poverty Levels
1 $41,450 $25,900 $15,550 $10,210
2 $47,350 $29,600 $17,750 $13,690
3 $53,300 $33,300 $20,000 $17,170
4 $59,200 $37,000 $22,200 $20,660
5 $63,950 $39,950 $24,000 $24,130
6 $68,650 $42,900 $25,750 $27,610
7 $73,400 $45,900 $27,550 $31,090
8 $78,150 $48,850 $29,300 $34,570
Each Additional Member Add --- --- --- $3,480

Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services