Low income status for seniors varies by counties in Ohio, but in Franklin County, which contains the state capitol (Columbus), the threshold for low income is $39,200 for a single person. For a two-person household, an income of $44,800 per year would be considered low income. Since many seniors are on a fixed income, it can be difficult to manage money and find affordable home health care when the time comes.

Low-Income Thresholds in Ohio

There are three designated classifications of low income: low income, very low income, or 30% of median (sometimes also referred to as extremely low income). The income limits for each classification change based on county and the number of people in the home. The guidelines for who is considered low income are generally based on an amount that is 200% of the federal poverty level.

Is There Low-Income Housing Available for Seniors in Ohio?

Low-income housing is available for seniors in Ohio, based on income and need. The cost of finding health care may be a concern for those with low incomes or living in low income housing, but Genworth’s Cost of Care Survey may be able to help you find care within your budget. Home health care may also be an option for people who have trouble getting out of the house, so it’s worth checking the list of home health agencies in Ohio for one in your city or county.