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March 31, 2016  


FY 2016 HUD Income Limits

HUD has released the estimated median family incomes (MFIs) and income limits for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. MFIs are used as the basis for income limits in several HUD programs, including the Public Housing, Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Section 202 housing for the elderly, and Section 811 housing for persons with disabilities programs, as well as in programs run by agencies such as the Department of the Treasury, the Department of Agriculture, and the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

FY 2016 MFI estimates are calculated for 625 metropolitan areas and 1,974 nonmetropolitan counties in the U.S. and Puerto Rico using 2009–2013 5-year American Community Survey (ACS) and Puerto Rico Community Survey (PRCS) data, augmented by 2013 1-year ACS and PRCS data. For the non-Puerto Rico Insular Areas of the United States, which currently lack ACS (or PRCS) coverage, 2010 Decennial Census data is used for the first time in the FY 2016 MFIs and income limits. National ACS income changes are used to update 2010 Decennial Census data to 2013. The FY 2016 MFI data use the Section 8 program's Fair Market Rent area definitions, which incorporate new metropolitan area definitions released by the Office of Management and Budget in 2013.

Income limits are calculated in relation to MFIs for each FMR area with adjustments for family size and for areas with unusually high or low family income or housing-cost-to-income relationships.

Visit the FY 2016 Income Limits page on HUD User to access the data and documentation.

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