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c. 6. B. Have the greatest economic need

Current Narrative:

Greatest economic need means the need resulting from an income level at or below the poverty guidelines established by the Department of Health and Human Services and approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). (42 U.S.C. 3002(23).)

  • According to the 2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates, 18.9% of individuals in Alabama were below the federal poverty level, as compared to 15.6% nationally.  The average monthly earnings in 2017 for people in Alabama was $3,626 as compared to $4,457 nationally. 
  • For Alabamians over 55 years of age, the most recent numbers report that 11.4% percent are at or below 100% of the Federal poverty line.