Income Level for Individuals Eligible for Assistance, 6183-6184 [2016-02241]

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 24 (Friday, February 5, 2016)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 6183-6184]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-02241]


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LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION

45 CFR Part 1611


Income Level for Individuals Eligible for Assistance

AGENCY: Legal Services Corporation.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Legal Services Corporation (LSC or the Corporation) is 
required by law to establish maximum income levels for individuals 
eligible for legal assistance. This document updates the specified 
income levels to reflect the annual amendments to the Federal Poverty 
Guidelines issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

DATES: Effective February 5, 2016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stefanie K. Davis, Assistant General 
Counsel, Legal Services Corporation, 3333 K St. NW., Washington, DC 
20007; (202) 295-1563; sdavis@lsc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 1007(a)(2) of the Legal Services 
Corporation Act (Act), 42 U.S.C. 2996f(a)(2), requires the Corporation 
to establish maximum income levels for individuals eligible for legal 
assistance. Section 1611.3(c) of the Corporation's regulations 
establishes a maximum income level equivalent to one hundred and 
twenty-five percent (125%) of the Federal Poverty Guidelines 
(Guidelines), which HHS is responsible for updating and issuing. 45 CFR 
1611.3(c).
    Each year, LSC publishes an update to Appendix A of 45 CFR part 
1611 to provide client income eligibility standards based on the most 
recent Guidelines. The figures for 2016, set out below, are equivalent 
to 125 percent (125%) of the current Guidelines published by HHS on 
January 25, 2016 (81 FR 4036).
    In addition, LSC is publishing a chart listing income levels that 
are two hundred percent (200%) of the Guidelines. This chart is for 
reference purposes only as an aid to grant recipients in assessing the 
financial eligibility of an applicant whose income is greater than 125 
percent (125%) of the applicable Guidelines amount, but less than 200 
percent (200%) of the applicable Guidelines amount (and who may be 
found to be financially eligible under duly adopted exceptions to the 
annual income ceiling in accordance with 45 CFR 1611.3, 1611.4, and 
1611.5).

List of Subjects in 45 CFR Part 1611

    Grant programs--law, Legal services.

    For reasons set forth in the preamble, the Legal Services 
Corporation amends 45 CFR part 1611 as follows:

PART 1611--FINANCIAL ELIGIBILITY

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1. The authority citation for part 1611 is revised to read as follows:

    Authority: 42 U.S.C. 2996e(b)(1), 2996e(b)(3), 2996f(a)(1), 
2996f(a)(2), 2996g(e); Sec. 509(h), Pub. L. 104-134, 110 Stat. 1321; 
Pub. L. 105-119, 11 Stat. 2512.

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2. Revise Appendix A to part 1611 to read as follows:

Appendix A to Part 1611-- Income Level for Individuals Eligible for 
Assistance

                               Legal Services Corporation 2016 Income Guidelines *
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                                                                   48 Contiguous
                                                                  states and the
                        Size of household                           District of       Alaska          Hawaii
                                                                     Columbia
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1...............................................................         $14,850         $18,550         $17,088
2...............................................................          20,025          25,025          23,038
3...............................................................          25,200          31,500          28,988
4...............................................................          30,375          37,975          34,938
5...............................................................          35,550          44,450          40,888
6...............................................................          40,725          50,925          46,838
7...............................................................          45,913          57,400          52,788
8...............................................................          51,113          63,900          58,763
For each additional member of the household in excess of 8, add.           5,200           6,500           5,975
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* The figures in this table represent 125% of the poverty guidelines by household size as determined by HHS.


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                               Reference Chart--200% of Federal Poverty Guidelines
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                                                                   48 Contiguous
                                                                  states and the
                        Size of household                           District of       Alaska          Hawaii
                                                                     Columbia
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1...............................................................         $23,760         $29,680         $27,340
2...............................................................          32,040          40,040          36,860
3...............................................................          40,320          50,400          46,380
4...............................................................          48,600          60,760          55,900
5...............................................................          56,880          71,120          65,420
6...............................................................          65,160          81,480          74,940
7...............................................................          73,460          91,840          84,460
8...............................................................          81,780         102,240          94,020
For each additional member of the household in excess of 8, add.           8,320          10,400           9,560
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    Dated: February 2, 2016.
Stefanie K. Davis,
Assistant General Counsel.
[FR Doc. 2016-02241 Filed 2-4-16; 8:45 am]
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