HUD has released the estimated median family incomes (MFIs) and income limits for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019. MFIs are used as the basis for income limits in several HUD programs, including the Public Housing, Section 8 Housing Choice and Project-Based 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 2019 MFI estimates are calculated for all metropolitan areas and nonmetropolitan counties in the U.S. and Puerto Rico using 2012–2016 5-year American Community Survey (ACS) and Puerto Rico Community Survey (PRCS) data, augmented by 2016 1-year ACS and PRCS data and brought forward to the midpoint of FY 2019 using a Consumer Price Index (CPI) forecast. For the non-Puerto Rico Insular Areas of the United States, 2010 Decennial Census data were used, augmented by national ACS income changes. The FY 2019 MFI data use the Section 8 program’s Fair Market Rent area definitions for each metropolitan area, parts of some metropolitan areas, and each non-metropolitan county.
Income limits are calculated in relation to MFIs for each specified 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 2019 Income Limits page on HUD User to access the data and documentation.