The WIOA youth formula program allows youth living in high-poverty areas to be considered low-income individuals. The Census Bureau has changed its website for accessing American Community Survey data, and so this is to provide revised instructions on how to use Census data to document high-poverty areas. 

This document provides revised directions for using Census data to determine high-poverty areas for the WIOA Youth Formula Program.  

If you run into problems with these directions, you can send an e-mail to for technical assistance. 

The directions will be updated as necessary if the Census Bureau website changes. 

This current update is as of November 30, 2021.