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Public Insight Network | Responses

How much is enough?

Following a national discussion about minimum wages and government assistance, WLRN-Miami Herald News has been collecting your views on just what it takes to live in South Florida. The project is called "How Much Is Enough?"

This year marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson's war on poverty. But just what exactly is considered "poverty" or "getting by" varies a lot, as we found from your responses. Below are the monthly amounts that people thought a household needed and what "making ends meet" meant to them. The responses are organized based on the income of the person surveyed.

To give you some frame of reference, for a family of 3:

The federal government's poverty threshold is $1,628 a month.

MIT's living wage calculator for Miami-Dade county is $4,027 a month.

• Average of the responses here for household income is $3,966.76 a month.

How should policies regarding public benefits and minimum wages be determined when the cost of living in the U.S. — and opinions on what's enough — differs so widely? Let us know what you think.