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Sources for Statistics in the Information Center


Below are the sources for all the data in the Montana Home Choice Information Center. If you have questions regarding the statistics please feel free to contact us.

Total Disabilities by Age
Data under the "Total Disabilities by Age" section come from U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2000, Summary File 3 (SF 3), Table: PCT26. Sex by Age by Types of Disability for the Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population 5 Years and Over. To access this table visit American FactFinder. This site contains all the Census 2000 data and more, and it is relatively easy to navigate.

Federal Poverty Guidelines
The Federal Poverty Guidelines are released annually. This year's guidelines are published in Federal Register, Vol. 70, No. 33, February 18, 2005, pp. 8373-8375 available at the U.S. Health and Human Services website. The guidelines are also available through The Access Project.

Fair Market Rents
Fair Market Rent is the standard gross rent (cost of rent and all utilities) in a region. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development determines Fair Market Rents (FMRs) each federal fiscal year. They are calculated for each bedroom size in each county and metropolitan statistical area in the United States. Fair Market Rents are set so that 40% of gross rents in the area are below the FMR and 60% are above the FMR for each bedroom size.

The Fair Market Rent is used to determine Section 8 payment standards (note they are NOT the same as payment standards). All Fair Market Rents are available at HUD's statistical website, HUD USER.

Area Median Income
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sets the Area Median Income (AMI) limits each federal fiscal year. These income limits are used to determine eligibility for Section 8 and other rental and homeownership assistance programs. The AMI limits are set for each county and metropolitan statistical area and each household size. If a household earns below the 80% Area Median Income level, HUD refers to it as a "low-income" household. If a household earns below the 50% Area Median Income level, HUD refers to it as a "very low-income" household. Finally, if a household earns below 30% Area Median Income level, HUD refers to it as an "extremely low-income" household.

The Fiscal Year 2005 Area Median Income limits are available at HUD's statistical website, HUD USER.

Details on the Region
The housing and social security statistics under the "Details on the Region" section in the Montana Home Choice Information Center come from several different sources.

The source for the county's "Occupied Home Statistics" and "Single Family Home Statistics" is the U.S. Census Bureau, Census 2000. All entries under the category "Occupied Home Statistics" are found in Table: H7. Tenure, Summary File 3 (SF 3). Entries under the category "Single Family Home Statistics" are located in two separate Census tables. "Median Value of Single Family Homes" and the several entries beginning with "Number of Single Family Homes..." are found in Table DP-4. Profile of Selected Housing Characteristics: 2000, Summary File 4 (SF 4). The entries "Total Population" and Percentage of Homeowners" are found in Table DP-1. Profile of General Demographic Characteristics: 2000, Summary File 4 (SF 4).

To access these tables visit American FactFinder. This site contains all the Census 2000 data and more, and it is relatively easy to navigate.

The county's "Existing and New Home Sales Statistics" source is the Montana Board of Housing (MBOH) Price of Housing Report 2004.

The county's "SSI Statistics" source is Table 3. Number of recipients in Montana (by eligibility category, age, and receipt of OASDI benefits) and amount of payments, by county, December 2004, Social Security Administration, Supplemental Security Record (Characteristic Extract Record format), 100 percent data. To access the table online, click here.

The county's "Medicaid Statistics" come from several sources. The source of the category, "Number Receiving Service from the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services Developmental Disability Program," is Disability Services Division Report, Department of Public Health and Human Services, Map: Developmental Disabilities Services - Individuals Receiving Services (other than FES) by County, December 2002. The source of the category, "Number of People Receiving State Funded Mental Health Services per Month," is Table 13. State Mental Health (Non-Medicaid), Amount and Monthly Averages by County-State Fiscal Year Ending June 2004. The source of the category, "Number of People Receiving Medicaid Funded Mental Health Services per Month," is Table 14. Medicaid Mental Health, Amount and Monthly Averages by County-State Fiscal Year Ending June 2004. The source of the categories, "Number of People Receiving Medicaid Based on Blindness per Month," "Number of People Receiving Medicaid Based on Disability per Month," and "Number of People Receiving Medicaid Based on Age per Month," is Table 6. Medical Assistance (Medicaid), Number of Recipients and Amount of Payments by Basis of Eligibility and by County-State Fiscal Year Ending June 2004. The source of the category, "Total Number of Disabled Workers Receiving Disability Insurance," is Table 4. Number of Beneficiaries with Benefits in Current-Payment Status, by County, by Type of Benefit, and Sex of Beneficiaries Aged 65 or Older, December 2003. The source of the category, "Number of Children Receiving Disability Services According to the OPA Ages 0-5," is Montana's Developmental Disability Early Intervention Services-Part C/Disability Determintaion Services, Primary Diagnosis by County, October 2003. The source of the category, "Number of Children Receiving Disabibility Service According to the OPA Ages 5-21," is the Montana Office of Public Instruction, Count of Students Ages 5-21, by Disability and County, December, 2, 2002.

The county's "Miscellaneous Facts" come from a few different sources. The source of the category, "Total Number of People Reported to Have HIV/AIDS," is HIV/AIDS in Montana as of June 30, 2004. The source of the category, "Estimated Number of Adults Diagnosed with Diabetes," is Montana Diabetes Surveillance and Clincal Communication, Issue: April-June 2002, Table 1. Estimates of the number of adult Montanans with diagnosed diabetes and metabolic syndrome, by County, 2000. The source of category, "Has Group Homes for Persons with Developmental Disabilities," is Disability Services Division Report, Department of Public Health and Human Services, Developmental Disabilities Services, December 2002.


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