Michigan Family Independence Program (FIP)

The Family Independence Program (FIP) provides cash assistance to low-income families with minor children as well as pregnant women.In addition to cash assistance, Michigan’s DHS also offers child care, food as well as state emergency relief assistance.

As a condition of eligibility, you are required to 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 up to 40 hours per week to receive cash assistance.


How do you qualify for FIP? #


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. When eligible for cash assistance, 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 cash assistance you get from welfare in Michigan largely depends upon your family’s income and size. For example, a family of 3 with no income may receive up to a maximum of $492 per month.

How long can you 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.