[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 21 (Wednesday, February 1, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 4909-4910]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-2098]


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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 (``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 as 
issued by the Department of Health and Human Services.

DATES: Effective Date: This rule is effective February 1, 2012.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mattie Cohan, Senior Assistant General 
Counsel, Legal Services Corporation, 3333 K St. NW., Washington, DC 
20007; (202) 295-1624; mcohan@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, and the Act provides that other specified factors 
shall be taken into account along with income.
    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. Since 1982, the Department of 
Health and Human Services has been responsible for updating and issuing 
the Federal Poverty Guidelines. The figures for 2012 set out below are 
equivalent to 125% of the current Federal Poverty Guidelines as 
published on January 26, 2012 (77 FR 4034).
    In addition, LSC is publishing a chart listing income levels that 
are 200% of the Federal Poverty 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% of the 
applicable Federal Poverty Guidelines amount, but less than 200% of the 
applicable Federal Poverty Guidelines amount (and who may be found to 
be financially eligible under duly adopted exceptions to the annual 
income ceiling in accordance with sections 1611.3, 1611.4 and 1611.5).

List of Subjects in 45 CFR Part 1611

    Grant programs--Law, Legal services.


    For reasons set forth above, 45 CFR 1611 is amended as follows:

PART 1611--ELIGIBILITY

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

    Authority:  Secs. 1006(b)(1), 1007(a)(1) Legal Services 
Corporation Act of 1974, 42 U.S.C. 2996e(b)(1), 2996f(a)(1), 
2996f(a)(2).


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2. Appendix A to part 1611 is revised to read as follows:

Appendix A to Part 1611--Legal Services Corporation 2012 Income 
Guidelines

                               Legal Services Corporation 2012 Income Guidelines *
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                                                           48 Contiguous
                                                           States and the
                   Size of household                        District of           Alaska             Hawaii
                                                              Columbia
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1......................................................            $13,963            $17,463            $16,075
2......................................................             18,913             23,650             21,763
3......................................................             23,863             29,838             27,450
4......................................................             28,813             36,025             33,138
5......................................................             33,763             42,213             38,825
6......................................................             38,713             48,400             44,513
7......................................................             43,663             54,588             50,200
8......................................................             48,613             60,775             55,888
For each additional member of the household in excess                4,950              6,188              5,688
 of 8, add.............................................
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* The figures in this table represent 125% of the poverty guidelines by household size as determined by the
  Department of Health and Human Services.


                            Reference Chart--200% of DHHS 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......................................................            $22,340            $27,940            $25,720
2......................................................             30,260             37,840             34,820
3......................................................             38,180             47,740             43,920
4......................................................             46,100             57,640             53,020
5......................................................             54,020             67,540             62,120
6......................................................             61,940             77,440             71,220
7......................................................             69,860             87,340             80,320
8......................................................             77,780             97,240             89,420
For each additional member of the household in excess                7,920              9,900              9,100
 of 8, add.............................................
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Mattie Cohan,
Senior Assistant General Counsel.
[FR Doc. 2012-2098 Filed 1-31-12; 8:45 am]
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