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Monday, April 1, 2002

Threshold for HMDA Exemption Increases for 2002

The Federal Reserve Board recently increased the asset-size exemption threshold for depository institutions under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) to $32 million from $31 million. Depository institutions with assets of $32 million or less as of Dec. 31, 2001, are exempt from data collection in 2002.

2002 Income Limits Set

FY 2002 income limits are available from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. County-level data from throughout the country can be downloaded from the HUD User web site.The types of information available include:

  • a nationwide copy of Section 8 income limits in PDF format,
  • median family income calculations and state median family incomes,
  • information about how HUD income limits are calculated,
  • a national data file with all counties and county subparts in PDF format,
  • an .exe file containing the files in Microsoft Word and
  • income limit area definitions.

To download the FY 2002 Income Limits, visit the HUD User web site at

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