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LIHEAP Income Eligibility Guidelines

Program Statistics

Published: July 19, 2012
Audience:
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Category:
Service Eligibility

Each year, HHS publishes updated HHS poverty guidelines and State median income estimates. LIHEAP grantees may adopt the State median income estimates and HHS poverty guidelines at any time between the date of their publication in the Federal Register and October 1 (the beginning of the new Federal Fiscal Year) or by the beginning of a LIHEAP grantee's fiscal year, whichever is later. This means, for example, that LIHEAP grantees could choose to implement the State median income estimates and the HHS poverty guidelines during the period between the heating and cooling seasons. However, by October 1, or by the beginning of a grantee's fiscal year, whichever is later, LIHEAP grantees must adjust their income eligibility criteria to be in accord with the poverty guidelines and the State median income estimates for the new Federal Fiscal Year.

The 2005 HHS poverty guidelines and State median income estimates for FY 2006 took effect at the beginning of FY 2006 (October 1, 2005). The 2005 HHS poverty guidelines (Federal Register, Vol. 70, No. 33, February 18, 2005, pages 8373-8375) are displayed in table I-1 . The State median income estimates for FY 2006 (Federal Register, Vol. 70, No. 32, February 17, 2005, pages 8102-8104) are displayed in table I-2.

The maximum household income cutoffs for a four-person household for heating assistance for FY 2006 are in table I-3. The cutoffs have been converted to percents of the 2005 HHS poverty guidelines that were in effect at the beginning of FY 2006.

Although a household may be income eligible for LIHEAP, many LIHEAP grantees establish additional criteria that a household has to meet in order to be program eligible for LIHEAP.

Table I-1. 100, 110, and 150 percent of the 2005 HHS Poverty Guidelines For All States (Except Alaska and Hawaii) and for the District of Columbia

 

Size of family unit

100 Percent of poverty

110 Percent of poverty

150 Percent of poverty

1
$9,570
$10,527
$14,355
2
12,830
14,113
19,245
3
16,090
17,699
24,135
4
19,350
21,285
29,025
5
22,610
24,871
33,915
6
25,870
28,457
38,805
7
29,130
32,043
43,695
8
32,390
35,629
48,585

 

For family units with more than 8 members, add $3,586 for each additional member at 110 percent of poverty and $4,890 at 150 percent of poverty.

Alaska

 

Size of family unit

100 Percent of poverty

110 Percent of poverty

150 Percent of poverty

1

$11,950

$13,145

$17,925

2

16,030

17,633

24,045

3

20,110

22,121

30,165

4

24,190

26,609

36,285

5

28,270

31,097

42,405

6

32,350

35,585

48,525

7

36,430

40,073

54,645

8

40,510

44,561

60,765

 

For family units with more than 8 members, add $4,488 for each additional member at 110 percent of poverty and $6,120 at 150 percent of poverty.

Hawaii

 

Size of family unit

100 Percent of poverty

110 Percent of poverty

150 Percent of poverty

1

$11,010

$12,111

$16,515

2

14,760

16,236

22,140

3

18,510

20,361

27,765

4

22,260

24,486

33,390

5

26,010

28,611

39,015

6

29,760

32,736

44,640

7

33,510

36,861

50,265

8

37,260

40,986

55,890

 

For family units with more than 8 members, add $4,125 for each additional member at 110 percent of poverty and $5,625 at 150 percent of poverty.


Table I-2. 60 percent of estimated State median income adjusted for family size, by State, FY 2006


State

Estimated State Median Income
4-Person Families2/

60 Percent of Estimated State Median Income for FY 20061/

1-Person

family

2-Person

family

3-Person

family

4-Person

family

5-Person

family

6-Person

family

Alabama

$55,448

$17,300

$22,623

$27,946

$33,269

$38,592

$43,915

Alaska

72,110

22,498

29,421

36,343

43,266

50,189

57,111

Arizona

58,206

18,160

23,748

29,336

34,924

40,511

46,099

Arkansas

48,353

15,086

19,728

24,370

29,012

33,654

38,296

California

67,814

21,158

27,668

34,178

40,688

47,199

53,709

Colorado

71,559

22,326

29,196

36,066

42,935

49,805

56,675

Connecticut

86,001

26,832

35,088

43,345

51,601

59,857

68,113

Delaware

72,680

22,676

29,653

36,631

43,608

50,585

57,563

Dist. of Col.

56,067

17,493

22,875

28,258

33,640

39,023

44,405

Florida

58,605

18,285

23,911

29,537

35,163

40,789

46,415

Georgia

62,294

19,436

25,416

31,396

37,376

43,357

49,337

Hawaii

71,320

22,252

29,099

35,945

42,792

49,639

56,485

Idaho

53,376

16,653

21,777

26,902

32,026

37,150

42,274

Illinois

72,368

22,579

29,526

36,473

43,421

50,368

57,315

Indiana

65,009

20,283

26,524

32,765

39,005

45,246

51,487

Iowa

64,341

20,074

26,251

32,428

38,605

44,781

50,958

Kansas

64,215

20,035

26,200

32,364

38,529

44,694

50,858

Kentucky

53,198

16,598

21,705

26,812

31,919

37,026

42,133

Louisiana

50,529

15,765

20,616

25,467

30,317

35,168

40,019

Maine

59,596

18,594

24,315

30,036

35,758

41,479

47,200

Maryland

82,363

25,697

33,604

41,511

49,418

57,325

65,231

Massachusetts

82,561

25,759

33,685

41,611

49,537

57,462

65,388

Michigan

68,602

21,404

27,990

34,575

41,161

47,747

54,333

Minnesota

76,733

23,941

31,307

38,673

46,040

53,406

60,773

Mississippi

46,570

14,530

19,001

23,471

27,942

32,413

36,883

Missouri

64,128

20,008

26,164

32,321

38,477

44,633

50,789

Montana

49,124

15,327

20,043

24,758

29,474

34,190

38,906

Nebraska

63,625

19,851

25,959

32,067

38,175

44,283

50,391

Nevada

63,005

19,658

25,706

31,755

37,803

43,851

49,900

New Hampshire

79,339

24,754

32,370

39,987

47,603

55,220

62,836

New Jersey

87,412

27,273

35,664

44,056

52,447

60,839

69,230

New Mexico

45,867

14,311

18,714

23,117

27,520

31,923

36,327

New York

69,354

21,638

28,296

34,954

41,612

48,270

54,928

North Carolina

56,712

17,694

23,138

28,583

34,027

39,472

44,916

North Dakota

57,092

17,813

23,294

28,774

34,255

39,736

45,217

Ohio

66,066

20,613

26,955

33,297

39,640

45,982

52,324

Oklahoma

50,216

15,667

20,488

25,309

30,130

34,950

39,771

Oregon

61,570

19,210

25,121

31,031

36,942

42,853

48,763

Pennsylvania

68,578

21,396

27,980

34,563

41,147

47,730

54,314

Rhode Island

71,098

22,183

29,008

35,833

42,659

49,484

56,310

South Carolina

56,433

17,607

23,025

28,442

33,860

39,277

44,695

South Dakota

59,272

18,493

24,183

29,873

35,563

41,253

46,943

Tennessee

55,401

17,285

22,604

27,922

33,241

38,559

43,878

Texas

54,554

17,021

22,258

27,495

32,732

37,970

43,207

Utah

62,032

19,354

25,309

31,264

37,219

43,174

49,129

Vermont

65,876

20,553

26,877

33,202

39,526

45,850

52,174

Virginia

71,697

22,369

29,252

36,135

43,018

49,901

56,784

Washington

69,130

21,569

28,205

34,842

41,478

48,114

54,751

West Virginia

46,169

14,405

18,837

23,269

27,701

32,134

36,566

Wisconsin

69,010

21,531

28,156

34,781

41,406

48,031

54,656

Wyoming

56,065

17,492

22,875

28,257

33,639

39,021

44,403

 

Note--The estimated U.S. median income for 4-person families is $65,093 for the period of October 1, 2005 through September 30, 2006.

1/Prepared by the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services, Division of Energy Assistance. In accordance with 45 CFR 96.85, 60 percent of each State's estimated median income for a 4-person family is multiplied by the following percentages to adjust for family size: 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, add 3 percent to the percentage for a 6-person family (132 percent), and multiply the new percentage by the State's estimated median income for a 4-person family.

2/Prepared by the Census Bureau from the Current Population Survey 2004 ASEC, 2000 Decennial Census of Population and Housing, and 2003 per capita income estimates, by State, Bureau of Economic Analysis.

Table I-3. LIHEAP: States’ maximum income eligibility standards for 4-person households as a percent of the 2005 HHS Poverty Guidelines, by type of assistance and by State, FY 2006

Type of assistance

State

Heating

Cooling

Winter crisis

Summer crisis

Weatherization

(Percent of 2005 HHS Poverty Guidelines)

Alabama

155%

    155%

        155%

          155%

129%

Alaska

155

0

155

0

194

Arizona2

103

--

103

0

103

Arkansas

129

0

129

129

129

California2

210

--

210

0

210

Colorado

185

0

185

0

185

Connecticut

267

0

267

0

0

Delaware

200

207

200

0

200

Dist. of Col.

150

150

150

0

150

Florida

150

150

150

150

125

Georgia

150

150

150

0

150

Hawaii2

155

--

0

155

0

Idaho

150

0

150

0

150

Illinois

150

150

150

150

150

Indiana

150

150

150

0

150

Iowa

150

0

150

0

150

Kansas3

130

0

0

0

155

Kentucky

110

0

130

0

130

Louisiana

157

157

157

0

157

Maine

150

0

150

0

150

Maryland3

150

0

150

0

150

Massachusetts3

200

0

0

0

200

Michigan

100

0

213

0

103

Minnesota

198

0

198

0

198

Mississippi

155

155

155

155

0

Missouri

125

0

125

125

0

Montana

150

0

150

0

150

Nebraska

116

116

116

0

155

Nevada2

150

--

150

0

0

New Hampshire3

246

0

246

0

185

New Jersey

175

175

175

0

175

New Mexico

150

0

150

0

150

New York

210

0

210

0

210

North Carolina

114

0

155

0

155

North Dakota

177

0

0

0

177

Ohio

175

0

175

181

150

Oklahoma

110

110

110

0

156

Oregon

191

0

191

0

191

Pennsylvania

150

0

150

0

150

Rhode Island

220

0

220

0

220

South Carolina

150

150

150

0

150

South Dakota3

160

0

160

0

160

Tennessee

129

129

129

0

129

Texas

125

125

125

0

125

Utah

125

0

125 

0

125

Vermont

125

0

150

0

0

Virginia

130

134

130

0

130

Washington3

125

0

125

0

125

West Virginia

130

0

130

0

130

Wisconsin

150

0

150

0

150

Wyoming

174

0

174

0

174