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Information Memoranda

February 26, 1998
INFORMATION MEMORANDUM
AoA-IM-98-10 (OPOD)

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 : 1998 Poverty Guidelines

LEGAL AND RELATED : Older Americans Act, As Amended

REFERENCES Section 102


Purpose

This Information Memorandum transmits the 1998 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 24, 1998. A copy of the 1998 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 1998 poverty guidelines represent income standards expressed in 1997 dollars (the reference to "1998" in the 1998 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-97-05.

EFFECTIVE DATE : None

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

ATTACHMENT : 1998 Poverty Guidelines

Jeanette C. Takamura
Assistant Secretary for Aging


1998 DHHS Poverty Guidelines

See related  HHS Federal Register Notice (html); also available in [PDF]

Size of Family Unit Contiguous States and D.C Alaska Hawaii
1 $8,050 10,070 9,260
2 10,850 13,570 12,480
3 13,650 17,070 15,700
4 16,450 20,570 18,920
5 19,250 24,070 22,140
6 22,050 27,570 25,360
7 24,850 31,070 28,580
8 27,650 34,570 31,800

For family units with more than eight members, add the following amounts for each additional family member: $2,800 (contiguous states and the District of Columbia); $3,500 (Alaska); and $3,220 (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, February 24, 1998, (Volume 63, Number 36)] [Notices] [Page 9235-9238].

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