"Lower income households" means persons and families whose income does not exceed the qualifying limits for lower income families as established and amended from time to time pursuant to Section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937. The limits shall be published by the department in the California Administrative Code as soon as possible after adoption by the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. In the event such federal standards are discontinued, the department shall, by regulation, establish income limits for lower income households for all geographic areas of the state at 80 percent of area median income, adjusted for family size and revised annually. As used in this section, "area median income" means the median family income of a geographic area of the state.
(Added by Stats. 1979, Ch. 96, Sec. 1.5.)