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If you or someone you know has found themselves in a tough financial situation, the following program may be able to assist those living in Michigan:

The main goal of the Family Independence Program (FIP) is to help families reach a level of self-sufficiency. To achieve this goal FIP provides families in need with temporary cash assistance to pay for living expenses such as rent, heat, utilities, clothing, food and personal care items. FIP applicants and recipients may also be referred to JET (Jobs, Education and Training) for assistance in finding a job or to develop the skills needed to qualify for a Bank Piggy_savings_237743_ljob. Other needs related to employment such as transportation and childcare may also be provided.

Eligibility for FIP and the amount of assistance a family can receive is based on the number of people within your household, court-ordered child support expenses paid by your household (if applicable) and your total income. Unless you and your family qualify for an extension or exception, families cannot receive FIP for more than 48 months in their lifetime. Months do not count if:

  • They were before October 2007
  • You are deferred
  • You are working and following your Family Self-Sufficiency Plan
  • You live in a county with a high unemployment rate
  • Who qualifies for FIP?

    To be eligible to receive assistance through FIP, individuals must:

    • Be a Michigan resident & not receiving assistance from another state
    • Be a parent, legal guardian or relative acting as a parent for a child under the age of 18 or a high school student between the ages of 1819.
    • Be pregnant
    • Have cash assets less than $3,000
    • Meet the income requirements

    For more information about the Family Independence Program or to find a DHS office nearest you, call (517) 373-2035.

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