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LIHEAP IM Federal Register Notice of State Median Income Estimates for FY 2014

Published: May 15, 2013
Audience:
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Category:
Guidance, Policies, Procedures, Information Memorandums (IM)

Attachment 1

[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 94 (Wednesday, May 15, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 28597-28599]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-11575]

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Administration for Children and Families

State Median Income Estimates for a Four-Person Household: Notice of the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2014 State Median Income Estimates for Use Under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

AGENCY: Division of Energy Assistance, Office of Community Services; Administration for Children and Families; Health and Human Services.

ACTION: Notice of state median income estimates for FFY 2014.

SUMMARY: This notice announces to grantees of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) the estimated median income of four- person households in each state and the District of Columbia for FFY 2014 (October 1, 2013, to September 30, 2014). LIHEAP grantees that choose to base their income eligibility criteria on these state median income (SMI) estimates may adopt these estimates (up to 60 percent) on their date of publication in the Federal Register or on a later date as discussed in the ``Dates” section. This enables grantees to implement this notice during the period between the heating and cooling seasons. However, by October 1, 2013, or the beginning of the grantee’s fiscal year, whichever is later, such grantees must adjust their income eligibility criteria so that they are in accord with the FFY 2014 SMI.

Sixty percent of SMI provides one of the maximum income criteria that LIHEAP grantees may use in determining a household’s income eligibility for LIHEAP.

DATES: Effective Date: These estimates become effective at any time between the date of this publication and the later of (1) October 1, 2013; or (2) the beginning of a grantee’s fiscal year.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peter Edelman, Office of Community Services, Division of Energy Assistance, 5th Floor West, 370 L’Enfant Promenade SW., Washington, DC 20447 Telephone: (202) 401-5292, E-Mail: peter.edelman@acf.hhs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the provisions of section 2603(11) of Title XXVI of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981, Public Law 97-35, as amended, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces the estimated median income of four-person families for each state, the District of Columbia, and the United States for FFY 2014 (October 1, 2013, through September 30, 2014).

Section 2605(b)(2)(B)(ii) of this Act provides that 60 percent of the median income of four-person families for each state and the District of Columbia (state median income or SMI), as annually established by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, is one of the income criteria that LIHEAP grantees may use in determining a household’s eligibility for LIHEAP.

LIHEAP was last authorized by the Energy Policy Act of 2005, Public Law 109-58, which was enacted on August 8, 2005. This authorization expired on September 30, 2007, and reauthorization remains pending.

The SMI estimates that HHS publishes in this notice are 3-year estimates derived from the American Community Survey (ACS) conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce (Census Bureau).

For additional information about the ACS state median income estimates, including the definition of income and the derivation of medians see http://www.census.gov/acs/www/Downloads/data_documentatio... under ``Income in the Past 12 Months.” For additional information about the ACS 1-year and 3-year estimates, see http://www.census.gov/acs/www/guidance_for_data_users/estimat.... For additional information about the ACS in general, see http://www.census.gov/acs/www/ or contact the Census Bureau’s Social, Economic, and Housing Statistics Division at (301) 763-3243.

The SMI estimates, like those derived from any survey, are subject to two types of errors:

(1) Non-sampling Error, which consists of random errors that increase the variability of the data and non-random errors that consistently shift the data in a specific direction; and

(2) Sampling Error, which consists of the error that arises from the use of probability sampling to create the sample. For additional information about the accuracy of the ACS SMI estimates, see http://www.census.gov/acs/www/Downloads/data_documentation/Ac....

In the state-by-state listing of SMI and 60 percent of SMI for a four-person family for FFY 2014, LIHEAP grantees must regard ``family” to be the equivalent of ``household” with regards to setting their income eligibility criteria. This listing describes the method for adjusting SMI for households of different sizes, as specified in regulations applicable to LIHEAP (45 CFR 96.85(b)). These regulations were published in the Federal Register on March 3, 1988 (53 FR 6827) and amended on October 15, 1999 (64 FR 55858).

Dated: May 8, 2013.
Jeannie L. Chaffin,
Director, Office of Community Services.

Estimated State Median Income for Four-Person Families, by State, for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2014, for Use in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

 

States

Estimated state median income for four-person families 1

60 percent of estimated state median income for four-person families2, 3

Alabama

$64,899

$38,939

Alaska

87,726

52,636

Arizona

64,434

38,660

Arkansas

56,994

34,196

California

77,679

46,607

Colorado

84,431

50,659

Connecticut

103,173

61,904

Delaware

83,557

50,134

District of Columbia

87,902

52,741

Florida

65,406

39,244

Georgia

67,401

40,441

Hawaii

85,350

51,210

Idaho

61,724

37,034

Illinois

81,770

49,062

Indiana

70,504

42,302

Iowa

76,905

46,143

Kansas

74,073

44,444

Kentucky

65,968

39,581

Louisiana

68,964

41,378

Maine

74,481

44,689

Maryland

105,348

63,209

Massachusetts

102,773

61,664

Michigan

73,354

44,012

Minnesota

87,283

52,370

Mississippi

57,662

34,597

Missouri

70,896

42,538

Montana

68,905

41,343

Nebraska

74,484

44,690

Nevada

69,475

41,685

New Hampshire

94,838

56,903

New Jersey

103,852

62,311

New Mexico

57,353

34,412

New York

83,648

50,189

North Carolina

66,985

40,191

North Dakota

82,605

49,563

Ohio

73,924

44,354

Oklahoma

63,580

38,148

Oregon

69,573

41,744

Pennsylvania

80,937

48,562

Rhode Island

87,793

52,676

South Carolina

62,965

37,779

South Dakota

71,207

42,724

Tennessee

64,042

38,425

Texas

66,880

40,128

Utah

68,017

40,810

Vermont

81,408

48,845

Virginia

90,109

54,065

Washington

83,238

49,943

West Virginia

63,863

38,318

Wisconsin

79,141

47,485

Wyoming

76,868

46,121

Note: FFY 2014 covers the period of October 1, 2013, through September 30, 2014. The estimated median income for four-person families living in the United States for this period is $75,845. Grantees that use SMI for LIHEAP may, at their option, employ such estimates at any time between the date of this publication and the later of October 1, 2013, or the beginning of their fiscal years.

1 These figures were prepared by the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce (Census Bureau), from 3-year estimates from the 2009, 2010, and 2011 American Community Surveys (ACSs). These estimates, like those derived from any survey, are subject to two types of error: (1) Non-sampling Error, which consists of random errors that increase the variability of the data and non-random errors that consistently direct the data in a specific direction; and (2) Sampling Error, which consists of the error that arises from the use of probability sampling to create the sample.

2 These figures were calculated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services, Division of Energy Assistance by multiplying the estimated state median income for a four-person family for each state by 60 percent.

3 To adjust for different sizes of households for LIHEAP purposes, 45 CFR 96.85 calls for multiplying 60 percent of a state’s estimated median income for a four-person family by the following percentages: 52 percent for a one-person household, 68 percent for a two-person household, 84 percent for a three-person household, 100 percent for a four-person household, 116 percent for a five-person household, and 132 percent for a six-person household. For each additional household member above six people, 45 CFR 96.85 calls for adding 3 percentage points to the percentage for a six-person household (132 percent) and multiply the new percentage by 60 percent of the median income for a four-person family.

[FR Doc. 2013-11575 Filed 5-14-13; 8:45 am]

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