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State Median Income Estimates for a Four-Person Household: Notice of the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2014 State Median Income Estimates for Use Under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

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AGENCY:

Division of Energy Assistance, Office of Community Services; Administration for Children and Families; Health and Human Services.

ACTION:

Notice of state median income estimates for FFY 2014.

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 2014 (October 1, 2013, to September 30, 2014). 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, 2013, 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 2014 SMI.

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

DATES:

Effective Date: These estimates become effective at any time between the date of this publication and the later of (1) October 1, 2013; or (2) the beginning of a grantee's fiscal year.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

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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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Under the provisions of section 2603(11) of Title XXVI of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981, Public Law 97-35, as amended, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces the estimated median income of four-person families for each state, the District of Columbia, and the United States for FFY 2014 (October 1, 2013, through September 30, 2014).

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).

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/​2011_​ACSSubjectDefinitions.pdf under “Income in the Past 12 Months.” For additional information about the ACS 1-year and 3-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.

The 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-Start Printed Page 28598random 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/​MultiyearACSAccuracyofData2011.pdf.

In the state-by-state listing of SMI and 60 percent of SMI for a four-person family for FFY 2014, 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).

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Dated: May 8, 2013.

Jeannie L. Chaffin,

Director, Office of Community Services.

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Estimated State Median Income for Four-Person Families, by State, for Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2014, for Use in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

StatesEstimated state median income for four-person families 160 percent of estimated state median income for four-person families2, 3
Alabama$64,899$38,939
Alaska87,72652,636
Arizona64,43438,660
Arkansas56,99434,196
California77,67946,607
Colorado84,43150,659
Connecticut103,17361,904
Delaware83,55750,134
District of Columbia87,90252,741
Florida65,40639,244
Georgia67,40140,441
Hawaii85,35051,210
Idaho61,72437,034
Illinois81,77049,062
Indiana70,50442,302
Iowa76,90546,143
Kansas74,07344,444
Kentucky65,96839,581
Louisiana68,96441,378
Maine74,48144,689
Maryland105,34863,209
Massachusetts102,77361,664
Michigan73,35444,012
Minnesota87,28352,370
Mississippi57,66234,597
Missouri70,89642,538
Montana68,90541,343
Nebraska74,48444,690
Nevada69,47541,685
New Hampshire94,83856,903
New Jersey103,85262,311
New Mexico57,35334,412
New York83,64850,189
North Carolina66,98540,191
North Dakota82,60549,563
Ohio73,92444,354
Oklahoma63,58038,148
Oregon69,57341,744
Pennsylvania80,93748,562
Rhode Island87,79352,676
South Carolina62,96537,779
South Dakota71,20742,724
Tennessee64,04238,425
Texas66,88040,128
Utah68,01740,810
Vermont81,40848,845
Virginia90,10954,065
Washington83,23849,943
West Virginia63,86338,318
Wisconsin79,14147,485
Wyoming76,86846,121
Note: FFY 2014 covers the period of October 1, 2013, through September 30, 2014. The estimated median income for four-person families living in the United States for this period is $75,845. 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, 2013, or the beginning of their fiscal years.Start Printed Page 28599
1 These figures were prepared by the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce (Census Bureau), from 3-year estimates from the 2009, 2010, and 2011 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.
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 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 multiply the new percentage by 60 percent of the median income for a four-person family.
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