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LIHEAP IM Federal Register Notice of State Median Income Estimates for FY 2011

Published: May 12, 2010
Audience:
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Category:
Guidance, Policies, Procedures, Information Memorandums (IM)

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[Federal Register: May 12, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 91)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Administration for Children and Families

State Median Income Estimate for a Four-Person Family: Notice of the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2011 State Median Income Estimates for Use Under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number 93.568) Administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services, Division of Energy Assistance

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

ACTION: Notice of State median income estimates for FFY 2011.

SUMMARY: This notice announces to LIHEAP grantees the estimated median income of four-person families in each State and the District of Columbia for FFY 2011 (October 1, 2010, to September 30, 2011). LIHEAP grantees that choose to base their income eligibility criteria on these State median income estimates may adopt these estimates (up to 60 percent) on the estimates’ date of publication in the Federal Register or on a later date as discussed below. This enables these grantees to implement this notice during the period between the heating and cooling seasons. However, by October 1, 2010, or the beginning of the grantees’ fiscal years, whichever is later, these grantees must adjust their income eligibility criteria so that such criteria are in accord with the FFY 2011 State median income estimates.
This listing of 60 percent of estimated State median incomes provides one of the maximum income criteria that LIHEAP grantees may use in determining a household’s income eligibility for LIHEAP.

DATES: Effective Date: For each LIHEAP grantee, these estimates become effective at any time between their date of publication in the Federal Register and the later of October 1, 2010, or the beginning of that 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 (Pub. L.) 97-35, as amended, HHS announces the estimated median income of four-person families for each State, the District of Columbia, and the United States for FFY 2011 (October 1, 2010, through September 30, 2011).
Section 2605(b)(2)(B)(ii) of this Act provides that 60 percent of the median income 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 three-year estimates derived from the American Community Survey (ACS) conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce (Census Bureau). HHS obtained these estimates directly from the Census Bureau. For additional information about the ACS State median income estimates, see http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/income/data/statemedian/index.html. For additional information about the ACS in general, see http://www.census.gov/acs/www/ or contact the Census Bureau’s Housing and Household Economic Statistics Division at (301) 763-3243.
Under the advice of the Census Bureau, HHS switched to three-year estimates rather than single-year estimates to reduce the large year- to-year fluctuations that the single-year estimates tend to generate for certain States and the District of Columbia. The change from the single-year to three-year estimates caused the FFY 2010 estimates to drop by about two percent on average. HHS plans to use the Census Bureau’s ACS-derived SMI three-year estimates for all fiscal years after 2010. For further information about ACS one-year and three-year estimates, see http://factfinder.census.gov/jsp/saff/SAFFInfo.jsp?_content=acs_guidance.html.
The State median income estimates, like those derived from any survey, are subject to two types of errors: (1) Nonsampling Error, which consists of random errors that increase the variability of the data and non-random errors that consistently direct the data into 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 State median income estimates, see http://www.census.gov/acs/www/Downloads/ACS/accuracy2005-2007.pdf

A State-by-State listing of SMI and 60 percent of SMI for a four- person family for FFY 2011 follows. The listing describes the method for adjusting SMI for families of different sizes as specified in regulations applicable to LIHEAP, at 45 CFR 96.85(b), which were published in the Federal Register on March 3, 1988, at 53 FR 6824 and amended on October 15, 1999, at 64 FR 55858.

Dated: April 27, 2010.
Yolanda J. Butler, PhD,
Acting Director, Office of Community Services.


Estimated State Median Income for a Four-Person Family, by State, for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2011,
for Use in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)


States
Estimated state median income for a four- person family1
60 percent of estimated state median income for a four-person family 2 3

Alabama

$64,613

$38,768

Alaska

84,350

50,610

Arizona

70,110

42,066

Arkansas

56,595

33,957

California

79,704

47,822

Colorado

80,519

48,311

Connecticut

101,643

60,986

Delaware

84,223

50,534

District of Columbia

68,304

40,982

Florida

69,801

41,881

Georgia

70,322

42,193

Hawaii

90,199

54,119

Idaho

63,634

38,180

Illinois

81,187

48,712

Indiana

71,006

42,604

Iowa

73,401

44,041

Kansas

73,321

43,993

Kentucky

64,597

38,758

Louisiana

65,700

39,420

Maine

68,992

41,395

Maryland

101,413

60,848

Massachusetts

98,561

59,137

Michigan

76,385

45,831

Minnesota

87,000

52,200

Mississippi

56,628

33,977

Missouri

69,565

41,739

Montana

65,585

39,351

Nebraska

72,817

43,690

Nevada

71,963

43,178

New Hampshire

93,433

56,060

New Jersey

102,472

61,483

New Mexico

55,279

33,167

New York

81,884

49,130

North Carolina

67,798

40,679

North Dakota

73,101

43,861

Ohio

73,794

44,276

Oklahoma

60,830

36,498

Oregon

71,541

42,925

Pennsylvania

78,665

47,199

Rhode Island

85,963

51,578

South Carolina

64,825

38,895

South Dakota

68,631

41,179

Tennessee

64,203

38,522

Texas

65,348

39,209

Utah

69,814

41,888

Vermont

74,354

44,612

Virginia

84,911

50,947

Washington

81,684

49,010

West Virginia

58,622

35,173

Wisconsin

78,742

47,245

Wyoming

78,905

47,343


Note: FFY 2011 covers the period of October 1, 2010, through September 30, 2011. The estimated median income for a four-person family living in the United States for this period is $75,648. These estimates become effective for LIHEAP at any time between the date of this publication and October 1, 2010, or the beginning of a LIHEAP grantee’s fiscal year, whichever is later.


1 Prepared by the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce (Census Bureau), from three-year estimates from the 2006, 2007 and 2008 American Community Surveys (ACSs). These estimates, like those derived from any survey, are subject to two types of errors: (1) Nonsampling Error, which consists of random errors that increase the variability of the data and non-random errors that consistently direct the data into a specific direction; and (2) Sampling Error, which consists of the error that arises from the use of probability sampling to create the sample.

2These 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 (DEA) by multiplying the estimated State median income for a four-person family for each State by 60 percent.

3To adjust for different sizes of family, 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 one person, 68 percent for two persons, 84 percent for three persons, 100 percent for four persons, 116 percent for five persons, and 132 percent for six persons. For each additional family member above six persons, 45 CFR 96.85 calls for adding 3 percentage points to the percentage for a six-person family (132 percent) and multiply the new percentage by 60 percent of a State’s estimated median income for a four-person family.
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