The Aging Network
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 : 2002 Poverty Guidelines
LEGAL AND RELATED : Older Americans Act, As Amended,
This Information Memorandum transmits the 2002 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 14, 2002. A copy of the 2002 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 2002 poverty guidelines
represent income standards expressed in 2001 dollars (the reference
to "2002" in the 2002 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-01-01.
EFFECTIVE DATE : None
INQUIRIES TO : State agencies should address inquiries
to Regional Administrators on Aging, DHHS regional offices
Josefina G. Carbonell
Assistant Secretary for Aging
2002 Poverty Guidelines
HHS Federal Register Notice: Annual Update of the HHS Poverty Guidelines
HHS Poverty Guidelines
Size of Family
States and D.C
|For each additional person, add
For family units with more
than eight members, add the following amounts for each additional
family member: $3,080 (contiguous states and the District of Columbia);
$3,850 (Alaska); and $3, 540 (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. 67, No. 31, February 14, 2002, pp. 6931–6933.