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Income Level for Individuals Eligible for Assistance

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Final Rule.

Summary

The Legal Services Corporation (“Corporation”) is required by law to establish maximum income levels for individuals eligible for legal assistance. This document updates the specified income levels to reflect the annual amendments to the Federal Poverty Guidelines as issued by the Department of Health and Human Services.

 

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Effective Date: This rule is effective February 1, 2012.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Back to Top

Mattie Cohan, Senior Assistant General Counsel, Legal Services Corporation, 3333 K St. NW., Washington, DC 20007; (202) 295-1624; mcohan@lsc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Back to Top

Section 1007(a)(2) of the Legal Services Corporation Act (“Act”), 42 U.S.C. 2996f(a)(2), requires the Corporation to establish maximum income levels for individuals eligible for legal assistance, and the Act provides that other specified factors shall be taken into account along with income.

Section 1611.3(c) of the Corporation's regulations establishes a maximum income level equivalent to one hundred and twenty-five percent (125%) of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Since 1982, the Department of Health and Human Services has been responsible for updating and issuing the Federal Poverty Guidelines. The figures for 2012 set out below are equivalent to 125% of the current Federal Poverty Guidelines as published on January 26, 2012 (77 FR 4034).

In addition, LSC is publishing a chart listing income levels that are 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. This chart is for reference purposes only as an aid to grant recipients in assessing the financial eligibility of an applicant whose income is greater than 125% of the applicable Federal Poverty Guidelines amount, but less than 200% of the applicable Federal Poverty Guidelines amount (and who may be found to be financially eligible under duly adopted exceptions to the annual income ceiling in accordance with sections 1611.3, 1611.4 and 1611.5).

List of Subjects in 45 CFR Part 1611 Back to Top

For reasons set forth above, 45 CFR 1611 is amended as follows:

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PART 1611—ELIGIBILITY Back to Top

1.The authority citation for part 1611 continues to read as follows:

Authority:

Secs. 1006(b)(1), 1007(a)(1) Legal Services Corporation Act of 1974, 42 U.S.C. 2996e(b)(1), 2996f(a)(1), 2996f(a)(2).

2.Appendix A to part 1611 is revised to read as follows:

Appendix A to Part 1611—Legal Services Corporation 2012 Income Guidelines Back to Top

Legal Services Corporation 2012 Income Guidelines * Back to Top
Size of household 48 Contiguous States and the District of Columbia Alaska Hawaii
* The figures in this table represent 125% of the poverty guidelines by household size as determined by the Department of Health and Human Services.
1 $13,963 $17,463 $16,075
2 18,913 23,650 21,763
3 23,863 29,838 27,450
4 28,813 36,025 33,138
5 33,763 42,213 38,825
6 38,713 48,400 44,513
7 43,663 54,588 50,200
8 48,613 60,775 55,888
For each additional member of the household in excess of 8, add 4,950 6,188 5,688
Reference Chart—200% of DHHS Federal Poverty Guidelines Back to Top
Size of household 48 Contiguous States and the District of Columbia Alaska Hawaii
1 $22,340 $27,940 $25,720
2 30,260 37,840 34,820
3 38,180 47,740 43,920
4 46,100 57,640 53,020
5 54,020 67,540 62,120
6 61,940 77,440 71,220
7 69,860 87,340 80,320
8 77,780 97,240 89,420
For each additional member of the household in excess of 8, add 7,920 9,900 9,100
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Mattie Cohan,

Senior Assistant General Counsel.

[FR Doc. 2012-2098 Filed 1-31-12; 8:45 am]

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