Supplemental Poverty Measure

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The lack of economic resources for consumption of basic needs such as food, housing, clothing, and utilities. Gross money income from private and public sources is supplemented with benefits such as food stamps, housing subsidies, and tax credits in order to determine family resources.  Medical out-of-pocket expenses such as health insurance premiums, income and Social Security payroll taxes, child support payments, work-related expenses and child care costs are all deducted from family income.  This measure focuses on these expenditures plus a small amount to allow for additional expenses. These thresholds are adjusted accordingly by different family sizes and compositions, housing status, and geographic differences in housing costs.


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