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Benefit Details
Michigan Family Independence Program
Managing Agency Michigan http://www.mich.gov/

Program Description

The Family Independence Program (FIP) provides temporary cash assistance to families with children and pregnant women to help them pay for living expenses such as rent, heat, utilities, clothing, food and personal care items.

FIP applicants and recipients may be assigned to the Partnership. Accountability. Training. Hope. (PATH) program through the Michigan Works Agencies for assistance in finding a job or to develop needed job skills. PATH is designed to establish and maintain a connection to the labor market for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients. To make this connection, participants are placed into employment and occupationally relevant education and training programs.

Help with transportation, childcare and other needs related to employment and training may be provided.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Michigan, either pregnant or responsible for a child under 18 years of age with dependent children in the home attending school full-time, a U.S. national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident, have low or very low income, and be either under-employed (working for very low wages), unemployed or about to become unemployed.

Only a Family Independence Specialist or Eligibility Specialist at the Department of Human Services (DHS) can accurately determine your family's eligibility for FIP. Ask for details when turning in a completed application at your local Department of Human Services (DHS) County Office.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process

To see if you may be eligible for FIP, or to apply for FIP online, please visit the MI Bridges website:
https://www.mibridges.michigan.gov/access/

Click here to get an application form and the application process information booklet:
http://www.michigan.gov/documents/dhs/DHS_Information_Booklet_and_Assistance_Application_242170_7.pdf

If you need more information or forms, please visit:
http://www.michigan.gov/dhs/0,1607,7-124-5453_5526_22957-69226--,00.html

Program Contact Information

The Department of Human Services must help all persons fill out the application, when requested, if you need help, please call or visit your local DHS County Office: http://www.michigan.gov/dhs/0,1607,7-124-5461---,00.html
If you need an interpreter, you may use one of your choice or the agency will provide one. If you are refused help in filling out the application, you may call: 517-373-0707
For more information on FIP eligibility, please visit this website and click on the links under "Family Independence Program": http://www.michigan.gov/dhs/0,1607,7-124-5453_5526---,00.html