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Notice of LIHEAP State Median Income Estimates for FFY 2015

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State Median Income Estimates For A Four Person Household: Notice Of The Federal Fiscal Year (Ffy) 2015 State Median Income Estimates For Use In The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (Liheap).

Summary

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Community Services (OCS), Division of Energy Assistance (DEA) announces the estimated median income of four-person households in each state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico for FFY 2015 (October 1, 2014, to September 30, 2015).

 

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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, 2014; or (2) the beginning of a grantee's fiscal year.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Back to Top

Peter Edelman, Program Analyst, Office of Community Services, 5th Floor West, 370 L'Enfant Promenade SW., Washington, DC 20447. Telephone: 202-401-5292; Email: peter.edelman@acf.hhs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Back to Top

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, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico for FFY 2015 (October 1, 2014, to September 30, 2015). 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 in the “Dates” section. This enables grantees to implement this notice during the period between the heating and cooling seasons. However, by October 1, 2014, or the beginning of the grantee's fiscal year, whichever is later, such grantees must adjust their income eligibility criteria so that they are in accord with the FFY 2015 SMI.

Sixty percent of SMI for each LIHEAP grantee, 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 income eligibility for LIHEAP. The last time LIHEAP was authorized was 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 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).

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/2012_ACSSubjectDefinitions.pdf under “Income in the Past 12 Months.” For additional information about using the ACS 3-year estimates vs. using the 1-year or 5-year estimates, see http://www.census.gov/acs/www/guidance_for_data_users/estimates/. 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.

These SMI estimates, like those derived from any survey, are subject to two types of errors: (1) Non-sampling Error, which consists of random errors that increase the variability of the data and non-random errors that consistently shift the data in 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/MultiyearACSAccuracyofData2012.pdf.

In the state-by-state listing of SMI and 60 percent of SMI for a four-person family for FFY 2015, 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 (45 CFR 96.85(b)). These regulations were published in the Federal Register on March 3, 1988, (53 FR 6827) and amended on October 15, 1999 (64 FR 55858).

Estimated State Median Income for Four-Person Families, by State, for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2015 Back to Top
States Estimated state median income for four-person families1 60 percent of estimated state median income for four-person families2 3
[For use in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)]
1These figures were prepared by the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce (Census Bureau), from 3-year estimates from the 2010, 2011, and 2012 American Community Surveys (ACSs). These estimates, like those derived from any survey, are subject to two types of error: (1) Non-sampling Error, which consists of random errors that increase the variability of the data and non-random errors that consistently direct the data in 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 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 households 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 a one-person household, 68 percent for a two-person household, 84 percent for a three-person household, 100 percent for a four-person household, 116 percent for a five-person household, and 132 percent for a six-person household. For each additional household member above six people, 45 CFR 96.85 calls for adding 3 percentage points to the percentage for a six-person household (132 percent) and multiplying the new percentage by 60 percent of the median income for a four-person family.
Alabama $65,575 $39,345
Alaska 89,082 53,449
Arizona 63,560 38,136
Arkansas 58,947 35,368
California 76,804 46,082
Colorado 85,182 51,109
Connecticut 104,214 62,528
Delaware 85,261 51,157
District of Columbia 100,408 60,245
Florida 65,166 39,100
Georgia 67,885 40,731
Hawaii 85,096 51,058
Idaho 62,088 37,253
Illinois 82,114 49,268
Indiana 71,057 42,634
Iowa 76,955 46,173
Kansas 75,582 45,349
Kentucky 67,026 40,216
Louisiana 69,514 41,708
Maine 77,344 46,406
Maryland 106,452 63,871
Massachusetts 104,545 62,727
Michigan 73,991 44,395
Minnesota 89,824 53,894
Mississippi 56,573 33,944
Missouri 71,915 43,149
Montana 69,557 41,734
Nebraska 74,905 44,943
Nevada 65,832 39,499
New Hampshire 97,547 58,528
New Jersey 105,497 63,298
New Mexico 58,215 34,929
New York 84,381 50,629
North Carolina 66,844 40,106
North Dakota 86,170 51,702
Ohio 75,188 45,113
Oklahoma 64,091 38,455
Oregon 68,929 41,357
Pennsylvania 81,802 49,081
Rhode Island 89,587 53,752
South Carolina 63,212 37,927
South Dakota 73,736 44,242
Tennessee 63,997 38,398
Texas 67,757 40,654
Utah 68,036 40,822
Vermont 81,615 48,969
Virginia 91,442 54,865
Washington 83,863 50,318
West Virginia 66,130 39,678
Wisconsin 80,612 48,367
Wyoming 76,526 45,916
Puerto Rico 28,861 17,317

Note:

FFY 2015 covers the period of October 1, 2014, through September 30, 2015. The estimated median income for four-person families living in the United States for this period is $76,365. 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, 2014 or the beginning of their fiscal year.

Statutory Authority: Back to Top

45 CFR 96.85(b) and 42 U.S.C. 8624(b)(2)(B)(ii).

Dated: July 15, 2014.

Jeannie L. Chaffin,

Director, Office of Community Services.

[FR Doc. 2014-17063 Filed 7-18-14; 8:45 a.m.]

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