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Income Level for Individuals Eligible for Assistance

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AGENCY:

Legal Services Corporation.

ACTION:

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.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

This rule is effective as of February 25, 2002.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Mattie C. Condray, Senior Assistant General Counsel, Legal Services Corporation, 750 First Street N.E., Washington, DC 20002-4250; (202) 336-8817; mcondray@lsc.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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(b) 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 Poverty Guidelines. The revised figures for 2002 set out below are equivalent to 125% of the current Poverty Guidelines as published on February 14, 2002 (67 FR 6931).

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

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PART 1611—ELIGIBILITY

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

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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).

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

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Appendix A of Part 1611

Legal Services Corporation 2002 Poverty Guidelines*

Size of family unit48 contiguous States and the District of Columbia \i\Alaska \ii\Hawaii \iii\
1$11,075$13,850$12,750
214,92518,66317,175
318,77523,47521,600
422,62528,28826,025
526,47533,10030,450
630,32537,91334,875
734,17542,72539,300
838,02547,53843,725
* The figures in this table represent 125% of the poverty guidelines by family size as determined by the Department of Health and Human Services.
\i\ For family units with more than eight members, add $3,850 for each additional member in a family.
\ii\ For family units with more than eight members, add $4,813 for each additional member in a family.
\iii\ For family units with more than eight members, add $4,425 for each additional member in a family.
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Victor M. Fortuno,

Vice President for Legal Affairs, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 02-4420 Filed 2-22-02; 8:45 am]

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