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New policy changes will make it easier for families to receive public assistance

Oct 17, 2019

The state wants to make it easier for people to apply for public assistance.
Credit Cheyna Roth / Michigan Radio

It will soon be easier to qualify for food and cash assistance in Michigan. Starting November 1, a family can have thousands of dollars more in assets – and still be eligible.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer says it’s a necessary change.

“A family struggling to keep their head above water shouldn’t have to become completely destitute to get a little help,” she said.

The state wants to make it easier for people to apply for public assistance. Instead of filling out an asset checklist and having department employees verify a persons’ assets, the department will take people’s word for what they own and how much money they have.

Robert Gordon is the Director of MDHHS. He says the risk of fraud is low.

“We should not visit the sins of a very few people on hundreds of thousands of Michiganders who are trying to do the right thing and trying to get by,” he said.

The state will also allow families to have thousands of dollars more in assets – and still qualify for food and cash assistance, and State Emergency relief.