The Aging Network
March 29, 2001
STATE AND AREA
AGENCIES ADMINISTERING PLANS UNDER TITLE III
ORGANIZATIONS ADMINISTERING PLANS UNDER TITLE VI
OLDER AMERICANS ACT OF 1965, AS AMENDED
SUBJECT : 2001 Poverty Guidelines
LEGAL AND RELATED : Older Americans Act, As Amended
REFERENCES Section 102
This Information Memorandum transmits the 2001 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 16, 2001. A copy of the 2001 poverty guidelines
from this notice is attached to this memorandum.
These 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 2001
poverty guidelines represent income standards expressed in 2000
dollars (the reference to "2001" in the 2001 guidelines
is to the year of issuance).
The 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-00-02.
EFFECTIVE DATE : None
INQUIRIES TO : State agencies should address inquiries
to Regional Administrators on Aging, DHHS regional offices
ATTACHMENTS : 2001 Poverty Guidelines
| HHS Federal Register Notice: Annual Update of the HHS Poverty Guidelines | [PDF version]
Norman L. Thompson
Acting Principal Deputy Assistant
Secretary for Aging
2001 HHS Poverty Guidelines
of Family Unit
ContiguousStates and D.C.
|For each additional
For family units with more than eight members, add the following
amounts for each additional family member: $3,020 (contiguous
states and the District of Columbia); $3,780 (Alaska); and $3,
470 (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, Vol. 66, No. 33, February 16, 2001, pp. 10695-10697.