All affordable housing programs qualify recipients based on their income. Since different parts of the country have varying living costs and income levels, the U.S. department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) determines an Area Median Income (AMI) for each housing market throughout the country. For example, the area median income in Nassau/Suffolk area for a family of four in 2017 is $110,800 while the median income in Greenville, North Carolina is $57,000. HUD takes into account the high cost of living on Long Island. In the Town of Southampton because of the high cost of living and high property values, even a family making over $100,000 finds it impossible to afford a market rate home. To qualify for assistance, family size is taken into account because of higher costs of providing for a larger family.