Income Level for Individuals Eligible for Assistance, 7350-7351 [2021-01815]

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[FR Doc. 2021–01904 Filed 1–26–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8320–01–P PO 00000 LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION 45 CFR Part 1611 Income Level for Individuals Eligible for Assistance Legal Services Corporation. Final rule. AGENCY: ACTION: The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) 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 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). DATES: Effective January 28, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stefanie K. Davis, Senior 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 LSC to establish maximum income levels for individuals eligible for legal assistance. Section 1611.3(c) of LSC’s regulations establishes a maximum income level equivalent to 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines (Guidelines), which HHS is responsible for updating and issuing. 45 CFR 1611.3(c). Each year, LSC updates appendix A to 45 CFR part 1611 to provide client income eligibility standards based on the most recent Guidelines. The figures for 2021, set out below, are equivalent to 125% of the Guidelines published by HHS on January 15, 2021. In addition, LSC is publishing a chart listing income levels that are 200% of the Guidelines. This chart is for reference purposes only as an aid to recipients in assessing the financial eligibility of an applicant whose income is greater than 125% of the applicable Guidelines amount, but less than 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). Except where there are minor variances due to rounding, the amount by which the guideline increases for each additional member of the household is a consistent amount. SUMMARY: List of Subjects in 45 CFR Part 1611 Grant programs—law, Legal services. Frm 00014 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 E:\FR\FM\28JAR1.SGM 28JAR1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 17 / Thursday, January 28, 2021 / Rules and Regulations For reasons set forth in the preamble, the Legal Services Corporation amends 45 CFR part 1611 as follows: 7351 2. Revise appendix A to part 1611 to read as follows: PART 1611—ELIGIBILITY ■ 1. The authority citation for part 1611 continues to read as follows: Appendix A to Part 1611—Income Level for Individuals Eligible for Assistance ■ Authority: 42 U.S.C. 2996g(e). LEGAL SERVICES CORPORATION 2021 INCOME GUIDELINES * 48 Contiguous states and the District of Columbia Size of household 1 ................................................................................................................................................. 2 ................................................................................................................................................. 3 ................................................................................................................................................. 4 ................................................................................................................................................. 5 ................................................................................................................................................. 6 ................................................................................................................................................. 7 ................................................................................................................................................. 8 ................................................................................................................................................. For each additional member of the household in excess of 8, add: ........................................ $16,100 21,775 27,450 33,125 38,800 44,475 50,150 55,825 5,675 Alaska $20,113 27,213 34,313 41,413 48, 513 54,938 62,713 69,813 7,100 Hawaii $18,525 25,050 31,575 38,100 44,625 51,150 57,675 64,200 6,525 * The figures in this table represent 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines by household size as determined by HHS. REFERENCE CHART—200% OF FEDERAL POVERTY GUIDELINES * 48 Contiguous states and the District of Columbia Size of household 1 ................................................................................................................................................. 2 ................................................................................................................................................. 3 ................................................................................................................................................. 4 ................................................................................................................................................. 5 ................................................................................................................................................. 6 ................................................................................................................................................. 7 ................................................................................................................................................. 8 ................................................................................................................................................. For each additional member of the household in excess of 8, add: ........................................ $25,760 34,840 43,920 53,000 62,080 71,160 80,240 89,320 9,080 Alaska $32,180 43,540 54,900 66,260 77,620 88,980 100,340 111,700 11,360 * The figures in this table represent 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines by household size as determined by HHS. Dated: January 22, 2021. Stefanie Davis. Senior Assistant General Counsel. [FR Doc. 2021–01815 Filed 1–27–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7050–01–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:04 Jan 27, 2021 Jkt 253001 PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 E:\FR\FM\28JAR1.SGM 28JAR1 Hawaii $29,640 40,080 50,520 60,960 71,400 81,840 92,280 102,720 10,440

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 17 (Thursday, January 28, 2021)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 7350-7351]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-01815]


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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) 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 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

DATES: Effective January 28, 2021.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stefanie K. Davis, Senior Assistant 
General Counsel, Legal Services Corporation, 3333 K St. NW, Washington, 
DC 20007; (202) 295-1563; [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 1007(a)(2) of the Legal Services 
Corporation Act (Act), 42 U.S.C. 2996f(a)(2), requires LSC to establish 
maximum income levels for individuals eligible for legal assistance. 
Section 1611.3(c) of LSC's regulations establishes a maximum income 
level equivalent to 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines 
(Guidelines), which HHS is responsible for updating and issuing. 45 CFR 
1611.3(c).
    Each year, LSC updates appendix A to 45 CFR part 1611 to provide 
client income eligibility standards based on the most recent 
Guidelines. The figures for 2021, set out below, are equivalent to 125% 
of the Guidelines published by HHS on January 15, 2021.
    In addition, LSC is publishing a chart listing income levels that 
are 200% of the Guidelines. This chart is for reference purposes only 
as an aid to recipients in assessing the financial eligibility of an 
applicant whose income is greater than 125% of the applicable 
Guidelines amount, but less than 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).
    Except where there are minor variances due to rounding, the amount 
by which the guideline increases for each additional member of the 
household is a consistent amount.

List of Subjects in 45 CFR Part 1611

    Grant programs--law, Legal services.


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

PART 1611--ELIGIBILITY

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

    Authority: 42 U.S.C. 2996g(e).


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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 2021 Income Guidelines *
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                                                                  48 Contiguous
                                                                  states and the
                       Size of household                           District of        Alaska          Hawaii
                                                                     Columbia
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1..............................................................          $16,100         $20,113         $18,525
2..............................................................           21,775          27,213          25,050
3..............................................................           27,450          34,313          31,575
4..............................................................           33,125          41,413          38,100
5..............................................................           38,800         48, 513          44,625
6..............................................................           44,475          54,938          51,150
7..............................................................           50,150          62,713          57,675
8..............................................................           55,825          69,813          64,200
For each additional member of the household in excess of 8,                5,675           7,100           6,525
 add:..........................................................
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* The figures in this table represent 125% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines by household size as determined by
  HHS.


                              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..............................................................          $25,760         $32,180         $29,640
2..............................................................           34,840          43,540          40,080
3..............................................................           43,920          54,900          50,520
4..............................................................           53,000          66,260          60,960
5..............................................................           62,080          77,620          71,400
6..............................................................           71,160          88,980          81,840
7..............................................................           80,240         100,340          92,280
8..............................................................           89,320         111,700         102,720
For each additional member of the household in excess of 8,                9,080          11,360          10,440
 add:..........................................................
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* The figures in this table represent 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines by household size as determined by
  HHS.


    Dated: January 22, 2021.
Stefanie Davis.
Senior Assistant General Counsel.
[FR Doc. 2021-01815 Filed 1-27-21; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 7050-01-P