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State Median Income Estimate for a Four-Person Family: Notice of the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2010 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

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Notice Of State Median Income Estimates For Ffy 2010.

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 2010(October 1, 2009, to September 30, 2010). 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, 2009, 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 2010 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.

 

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DATES: Back to Top

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, 2009, or the beginning of that grantee's fiscal year.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Back to Top

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: Back to Top

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 2010(October 1, 2009, through September 30, 2010).

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/medincsizeandstate.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 2010 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 5, 2009.

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) 2010, for Use in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Back to Top

States Estimated state median income for a four-person family1 60 Percent of estimated state median income for a four-person family2 3
Note: FFY 2010 covers the period of October 1, 2009, through September 30, 2010. The estimated median income for a four-person family living in the United States for this period is $72,336. These estimates become effective for LIHEAP at any time between the date of this publication and October 1, 2009, or the beginning of a LIHEAP grantee's fiscal year, whichever is later.
1Prepared by the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce (Census Bureau), from an average of data from the 2005, 2006 and 2007 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.
Alabama $60,382 $36,229
Alaska 79,770 47,862
Arizona 66,839 40,103
Arkansas 54,662 32,797
California 76,388 45,833
Colorado 76,200 45,720
Connecticut 97,708 58,625
Delaware 79,709 47,825
District of Columbia 64,678 38,807
Florida 67,014 40,208
Georgia 68,776 41,266
Hawaii 84,438 50,663
Idaho 60,560 36,336
Illinois 77,813 46,688
Indiana 68,410 41,046
Iowa 70,967 42,580
Kansas 69,863 41,918
Kentucky 61,207 36,724
Louisiana 61,438 36,863
Maine 66,948 40,169
Maryland 96,952 58,171
Massachusetts 93,351 56,011
Michigan 75,149 45,089
Minnesota 83,444 50,066
Mississippi 52,870 31,722
Missouri 66,939 40,163
Montana 62,353 37,412
Nebraska 69,854 41,912
Nevada 68,646 41,188
New Hampshire 88,625 53,175
New Jersey 97,326 58,396
New Mexico 53,041 31,825
New York 78,061 46,837
North Carolina 64,591 38,755
North Dakota 67,183 40,310
Ohio 71,063 42,638
Oklahoma 57,247 34,348
Oregon 67,605 40,563
Pennsylvania 75,161 45,097
Rhode Island 83,241 49,945
South Carolina 61,494 36,896
South Dakota 64,930 38,958
Tennessee 61,581 36,949
Texas 62,358 37,415
Utah 65,460 39,276
Vermont 73,550 44,130
Virginia 81,919 49,151
Washington 77,676 46,606
West Virginia 56,430 33,858
Wisconsin 75,111 45,067
Wyoming 72,788 43,673

[FR Doc. E9-5412 Filed 3-12-09; 8:45 am]

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