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Information Memoranda

AoA-IM-03-02

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




SUBJECT2003 Poverty Guidelines

LEGAL AND RELATED : Older Americans Act, As Amended

REFERENCES:  Older Americans Act, As Amended Section 102

Purpose

This 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.

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 2003 poverty guidelines represent income standards expressed in 2002 dollars (the reference to "2003" in the 2003 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-02-03.

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

ATTACHMENTS :  

Attachment 1

2003 HHS Poverty Guidelines

Size of Family Unit Contiguous States and D.C Alaska Hawaii
1 8,980 11,210 10,330
2 12,120 15,140 13,940
3 15,260 19,070 17,550
4 18,400 23,000 21,160
5 21,540 26,930 24,770
6 24,680 30,860 28,380
7 27,820 34,790 31,990
8 30,960 38,720 35,600
For each additional person, add: 3,140 3,930 3,610