Safety Net Archives
Food Assistance—Feeding Michigan’s Economy and Families
Michigan, along with other states, has received federal stimulus money to increase benefits for food assistance (previously called Food Stamps, now called the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP). read more>>
Recent Changes to Michigan’s Family Independence Program
On December 20, 2006 the Governor signed a package of bills that make changes to Michigan’s Social Welfare Act. The bills are Senate Bills 1500 (Public Act 470) and 1501 (Public Act 471), as well as House Bills 6580 (Public Act 468) and 6587 (Public Act 469). The bills 1500, 1501 and 6580 address time limits, impose extra sanctions, and define what is to be included in the family self-sufficiency plan. Senate Bill 1500 specifically extends the sunset of certain sections of the Michigan’s current Social Welfare Act until March 31, 2007. Click here — Feb 07
Increased Need for Food Assistance Underscores Role of Safety Net
Michigan has seen dramatic growth in its food assistance caseload over the last several years. Since FY2000 the food stamp caseload has more than doubled from 254,000 to 523,000 by June 2006. Today over 1.1 million individuals, equivalent to approximately one in nine Michigan residents, receive food assistance to improve access to adequate nutrition. – Aug 06 Click here for report.
TANF New Rules On February 8, 2006, the President signed the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA) which, among other things, reauthorized the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) block grant through Fiscal Year 2011. The most significant change to TANF is in the calculation of states’ work participation rates, which indicate the percentage of a state’s TANF cases that are engaged in countable work activities. Additionally, in June 2006 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued explicit definitions of countable work activities and revised guidelines concerning who may be counted. This paper discusses the new changes and their implications for program design in Michigan. Click here>> – November 2006
Family Needs Increase While the Safety Net Erodes Poverty and need are increasing dramatically in Michigan, yet the structure of the cash assistance safety net has made it less accessible each year. Few would claim that an annual salary of $9,288 ($774 per month, or 61 percent of the poverty level) is enough to enable a family of three to meet all of its basic needs, yet cash assistance is unavailable in Michigan for families that earn even one dollar above that amount. — August 2005 Click here for the report>>
Working Hard But Still Poor: An Agenda for Meeting the Needs of Michigan’s Low-Income Working Families – (August 2004) 15 pp. Click here for full report.
Adult Childless Expanded Food Assistance (Food Stamps)