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Information Memoranda

March 17 1997

AoA-IM-97-05 (OPOD)
INFORMATION MEMORANDUM

TO : STATE AND AREA AGENCIES ADMINISTERING PLANS UNDER TITLE III AND TRIBAL ORGANIZATIONS ADMINISTERING PLANS UNDER TITLE VI OF THE OLDER AMERICANS ACT OF 1965, AS AMENDED

SUBJECT : 1997 Poverty Guidelines

LEGAL AND RELATED
REFERENCES : Older Americans Act, As Amended, Section 102

Purpose

This Information Memorandum transmits the 1997 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 March 10, 1997. A copy of the 1997 poverty guidelines from this notice is attached to this memorandum.

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 1997 poverty guidelines represent income standards expressed in 1996 dollars (the reference to "1997" in the 1997 guidelines is to the year of issuance). As set forth in Part 41 of Section 102 of the Older Americans Act, as amended, these guidelines provide guidance concerning the definition of "greatest economic need" in Part 29 of this section.

Although the Secretary's guidelines are based on the poverty definition which has been approved by OMB as the federal government's statistical measure of poverty and which is maintained by the Bureau of the Census, OMB's poverty thresholds are adjusted by the Secretary before being converted into poverty guidelines. The Secretary's guidelines also include higher poverty levels for Hawaii and Alaska (115 percent and 125 percent, respectively, of the poverty guidelines).

The information in this memorandum supersedes AoA-IM-96-04.

EFFECTIVE DATE : None

INQUIRIES TO : State agencies should address inquiries to Regional Administrators on Aging, DHHS regional offices

ATTACHMENT : 1997 Poverty Guidelines

Robin I. Stone
Acting Assistant Secretary for Aging


1997 DHHS Poverty Guidelines

Size of Family Unit Contiguous States and D.C Alaska Hawaii
1 $7,890 9,870 9,070
2 10,610 13,270 12,200
3 13,330 16,670 15,330
4 16,050 20,070 18,460
5 18,770 23,470 21,590
6 21,490 26,870 24,720
7 24,210 30,270 27,270
8 26,930 33,670 30,980

For family units with more than eight members, add the following amounts for each additional family member: $2,720 (contiguous states and the District of Columbia); $3,400 (Alaska); and $3,130 (Hawaii). In each case, the same increment applies to smaller family sizes also, as can be seen in the figures above.

The information in this table was originally published in the Federal Register, March 10, 1997, pp. 10856-10859.

Table compiled by the U.S. Administration on Aging.