The Aging Network
STATE AND AREA AGENCIES ADMINISTERING
PLANS UNDER TITLE III
AND TRIBAL ORGANIZATIONS ADMINISTERING PLANS UNDER
OF THE OLDER AMERICANS ACT OF 1965, AS AMENDED
SUBJECT : 2003 Poverty Guidelines
LEGAL AND RELATED : Older Americans Act,
REFERENCES: Older Americans Act, As
Amended Section 102
Information Memorandum transmits the 2003 update of the poverty guidelines issued
annually in the Federal Register by the Secretary of the Department of
Health and Human Services. The most recent guidelines were published in
the Federal Register of February 7, 2003. A copy of the 2003 poverty
guidelines from this notice is attached to this memorandum.
guidelines provide guidance about the definition of "greatest economic
need" as used in section 102(27) of the Older Americans Act, as amended.
The Secretary's guidelines vary by family size and are updated annually to account
for changes in the cost of living (as measured by the change in the average
annual value of the Consumer Price Index or CPI-U). The 2003 poverty guidelines
represent income standards expressed in 2002 dollars (the reference to "2003"
in the 2003 guidelines is to the year of issuance).
Secretary's guidelines are based on the definition of poverty maintained by
the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Bureau of the Census.
However, OMB's poverty thresholds are adjusted by the Secretary before being
converted into poverty guidelines. The Secretary's guidelines include
higher poverty levels for Hawaii and Alaska (115 percent and 125 percent, respectively).
The information in this memorandum supersedes AoA-IM-02-03.
EFFECTIVE DATE : None
INQUIRIES TO : State agencies should address inquiries
to Regional Administrators on Aging, DHHS regional offices
Assistant Secretary for Aging
HHS Poverty Guidelines
Size of Family
States and D.C
each additional person, add: