I know there are a lot of things around here that work on a sliding scale so even if you're not "poor", they still offer assistance (the YMCA, Planned Parenthood, etc) but it just boggles my mind how people can expect a family of FOUR to survive on such a small amount of money - and that's in Massachusetts where housing costs are some of the highest in the country.
What do you think the reason (or is there a known reason) as to why the poverty guideline is so low? I mean, I think even $30,000 for a family of four would be really tough! I have been reading up on this but if you know of any other links that would provide useful/helpful/interesting information on this, I'd like to see them.
EDIT: Those numbers were for 2000 - the 2005 numbers are $19,000ish.