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LIHEAP IM FR Notice on State Median Income Estimate for FY 2012

Published: April 18, 2011
Audience:
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Category:
Guidance, Policies, Procedures, Information Memorandums (IM)

[Federal Register: April 18, 2011 (Volume 76, Number 74)]
[Notices]
[Page 21750-21752]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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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) 2012 State Median Income Estimates for Use Under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

AGENCY: Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services, Division of Energy Assistance, HHS.
ACTION: Notice of State median income estimates for FFY 2012.

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 2012 (October 1, 2011, to September 30, 2012). 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 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, 2011, 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 2012 SMI.

This listing of 60 percent of SMI provides one of the maximum income criteria that LIHEAP grantees may use in determining a household's income eligibility for LIHEAP.

LIHEAP appropriations for FFY 2009 through FFY 2010 raised this criterion from 60 percent of SMI to 75 percent of SMI for those years. The Continuing Resolutions covering FFY 2011 through the date of this publication have maintained this criterion at 75 percent of SMI. This criterion will remain at 75 percent SMI for FFY 2011 unless Congress acts otherwise after the date of this publication. This criterion will return to 60 percent of SMI for FFY 2012 unless Congress acts otherwise in providing FFY 2012 appropriations after the publication of this notice. This is because no change to the LIHEAP authorizing statute has been made.

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, 2011, 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 2012 (October 1, 2011, through September 30, 2012).
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 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. 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 SMI 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 SMI estimates, see http://www.census.gov/acs/www/Downloads/
data_documentation/Accuracy/MultiyearACSAccuracyofData2009.pdf
.

A State-by-State listing of SMI and 60 percent of SMI for a four- person family for FFY 2012 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: March 22, 2011.
Yolanda J. Butler,

Acting Director, Office of Community Services.

States

Estimated State median income for four-person families1

60 percent of esti-mated State me-dian income for four-person families2 3

Alabama

$63,888

$38,333

Alaska

86,515

51,909

Arizona.

69,119

41,471

Arkansas

56,219

33,731

California

78,666

47,200

Colorado

80,717

48,430

Connecticut

102,127

61,276

Delaware

83,602

50,161

District of Columbia

69,558

41,735

Florida

67,705

40,623

Georgia

68,908

41,345

Hawaii

87,463

52,478

Idaho

62,079

37,247

Illinois

80,607

48,364

Indiana

69,434

41,660

Iowa

73,413

44,048

Kansas

71,842

43,105

Kentucky

63,825

38,295

Louisiana

66,109

39,665

Maine

68,237

40,942

Maryland

101,997

61,198

Massachusetts

100,058

60,035

Michigan

73,433

44,060

Minnesota

86,099

51,659

Mississippi

55,809

33,485

Missouri

70,232

42,139

Montana

66,079

39,647

Nebraska

70,665

42,399

Nevada

71,230

42,738

New Hampshire

91,832

55,099

New Jersey

101,841

61,105

New Mexico

54,500

32,700

New York

82,531

49,519

North Carolina

67,966

40,780

North Dakota

74,177

44,506

Ohio

72,817

43,690

Oklahoma

61,881

37,129

Oregon

72,093

43,256

Pennsylvania

78,287

46,972

Rhode Island

87,669

52,601

South Carolina

64,228

38,537

South Dakota

68,064

40,838

Tennessee

63,480

38,088

Texas

65,508

39,305

Utah

70,322

42,193

Vermont

74,877

44,926

Virginia

85,546

51,328

Washington

81,788

49,073

West Virginia

58,739

35,243

Wisconsin

77,946

46,768

Wyoming

75,998

45,599

 

Note: FFY 2012 covers the period of October 1, 2011, through September 30, 2012. The estimated median income for four-person families living in the United States for this period is $74,985. These estimates become effective for LIHEAP at any time between the date of this publication and October 1, 2011, 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 2007, 2008 and 2009 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.

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 (DEA) 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 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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