Michigan Family Independence Program (FIP)

Michigan's Family Independence Program (FIP) provides cash assistance to needy families with minor children as well as pregnant women. Apart from cash assistance, FIP offers child care, food as well as emergency relief assistance.

As part of the application process, you must complete the Family Automated Screening Tool (FAST) and develop a Family Self-Sufficiency Plan (FSSP).

This plan will list the work activities that you must do for at least up to 40 hours per week to receive cash assistance.


Who is eligible for welfare in Michigan? #

To be considered for FIP in Michigan, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident.
  2. Be a resident of the state of Michigan.
  3. Be unemployed or under employed for very low wages.
  4. Be pregnant or have a child under age 19.
  5. Have countable income within certain limits.

What is the income limit for FIP in Michigan? #

In Michigan, a family is considered “needy” when their countable earned income is equal to or less than $814 a month for a family of three.

The asset limit for cash, retirement plans, and investments is $15,000, above which families are ineligible for cash assistance.

How do I qualify for FIP in Michigan? #

To find out if you’re eligible, go to MI Bridges, where you can apply for cash assistance, check your eligibility status and manage your account online. An eligibility determination will be made usually within 45 days after completing the application process.

Once you are approved, your deposits will be made to your EBT account, known as Michigan Bridge Card, twice per month.

How much cash assistance does a family of 3 get in Michigan? #

How much does FIP pay in Michigan largely depends upon the family’s income and size. For example, a family of three with no other income may receive up to $492 per month.

The current FIP payment standard has been in effect since October 1, 2008, and is shown below.

  • Family Size Benefit Payment
  • 1 $306
  • 2 $403
  • 3 $492
  • 4 $597
  • 5 $694
  • 6 $828
  • 7 $905

How long can I receive cash assistance in Michigan? #

Under current Michigan law, you cannot receive temporary cash assistance through FIP for more than 48 months in your lifetime, with some exceptions based on disability (either your disability or the disability of your child or spouse).

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