|$22,050||Poverty line for a family of 4.|
|$ 5,048||Earned Income Tax Credit for family of 4 making $22,050|
|$ 3,000||Estimated annual Food Stamps for Family of 4 making $22,050 ($250/month)|
|$ 1,080||School lunch benefit @ $3/day for 2 kids and 180 school days.|
|$ 7,951||Average employee contribution to health care for family of 4 (Medicaid benefit)|
|$39,129||Total effective income of family of 4 with $22,050 in wages.|
And that's not counting eligibility for Section 8 housing vouchers. (The program has waiting lists and can be hard to get into.)
So, a family of 4 making $22,050 can have an effective income of 77% more than that amount, or $17,000 more. In fact, the median household income in the US is $31,111, so the "poverty line" denotes families which can make $8,000 more than the median.