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State Median Income Estimates for a Four-Person Household: Notice of the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2013 State Median Income Estimates for Use Under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

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Notice Of State Median Income Estimates For Ffy 2013.

Summary

This notice announces to grantees of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) the estimated median income of four-person households in each State and the District of Columbia for FFY 2013 (October 1, 2012, to September 30, 2013). 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 their date of publication in the Federal Register or on a later date as discussed below. This enables grantees to implement this notice during the period between the heating and cooling seasons. However, by October 1, 2012, or the beginning of the grantees' fiscal year, whichever is later, such grantees must adjust their income eligibility criteria so that such criteria are in accord with the FFY 2013 SMI.

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

The LIHEAP appropriations for FFY 2009 through April 15, 2011 raised this criterion from 60 percent of SMI to 75 percent of SMI for that period. However, no change was made to the LIHEAP authorizing statute. Furthermore, the LIHEAP appropriation for FFY 2012 did not alter this criterion; thus it returned to 60 percent of SMI for FFY 2012.

 

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Effective Date: These estimates become effective at any time between the date of this publication and the later of (1) October 1, 2012; or (2) the beginning of a grantees' 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.

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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 2013 (October 1, 2012, through September 30, 2013).

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 3-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, including the definition of income and the derivation of medians see http://www.census.gov/acs/www/Downloads/data_documentation/SubjectDefinitions/2010_ACSSubjectDefinitions.pdf under “Income in the Past 12 Months.” For additional information about the ACS in general, see http://www.census.gov/acs/www/ or contact the Census Bureau's Social, Economic and Housing Statistics Division at (301) 763-3243.

Under the advice of the Census Bureau, HHS switched to 3-year estimates from 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 3-year estimates, see http://www.census.gov/acs/www/guidance_for_data_users/estimates/.

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 shift 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/MultiyearACSAccuracyofData2010.pdf.

A State-by-State listing of SMI and 60 percent of SMI for a four-person family for FFY 2013 follows. In using this listing, LIHEAP grantees must regard “family” to be the equivalent of “household” with regards to setting their income eligibility criteria. This listing describes the method for adjusting SMI for households 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 7, 2012.

Jeannie L. Chaffin,

Director, Office of Community Services.

Estimated State Median Income for a Four-Person Family, by State, for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2013, for Use in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Back to Top
States Estimated State median income for four-person families1 60 percent of esti-mated State me-dian income for four-person families2 , 3
Alabama $64,079 $38,447
Alaska 86,658 51,995
Arizona 66,350 39,810
Arkansas 56,975 34,185
California 77,896 46,738
Colorado 81,477 48,886
Connecticut 101,973 61,184
Delaware 85,490 51,294
District of Columbia 76,652 45,991
Florida 65,728 39,437
Georgia 67,276 40,366
Hawaii 87,456 52,474
Idaho 61,631 36,979
Illinois 80,858 48,515
Indiana 69,929 41,957
Iowa 73,972 44,383
Kansas 71,899 43,139
Kentucky 64,119 38,471
Louisiana 66,896 40,138
Maine 71,237 42,742
Maryland 102,002 61,201
Massachusetts 100,228 60,137
Michigan 72,937 43,762
Minnesota 85,577 51,346
Mississippi 57,132 34,279
Missouri 69,727 41,836
Montana 67,097 40,258
Nebraska 71,864 43,118
Nevada 69,197 41,518
New Hampshire 92,216 55,330
New Jersey 102,552 61,531
New Mexico 55,446 33,268
New York 82,222 49,333
North Carolina 66,978 40,187
North Dakota 78,295 46,977
Ohio 72,732 43,639
Oklahoma 61,941 37,165
Oregon 70,957 42,574
Pennsylvania 78,576 47,146
Rhode Island 88,083 52,850
South Carolina 64,303 38,582
South Dakota 69,221 41,533
Tennessee 62,902 37,741
Texas 66,093 39,656
Utah 68,068 40,841
Vermont 76,418 45,851
Virginia 87,209 52,325
Washington 81,797 49,078
West Virginia 60,825 36,495
Wisconsin 77,829 46,697
Wyoming 74,281 44,569

Note:

FFY 2013 covers the period of October 1, 2012, through September 30, 2013. The estimated median income for four-person families living in the United States for this period is $74,964.Grantees that use SMI for LIHEAP may, at their option, employ such estimates at any time between the date of this publication and the later of October 1, 2012 or the beginning of their fiscal years.

[FR Doc. 2012-6220 Filed 3-14-12; 8:45 am]

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1. Prepared by the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce (Census Bureau), from three-year estimates from the 2008, 2009 and 2010 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 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 household for LIHEAP purposes, 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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