Michigan Family Independence Program (FIP)

The Michigan Family Independence Program supports low-income families with children and pregnant women through cash assistance, child care, food, and emergency relief assistance. 

They require applicants to complete the Family Automated Screening Tool (FAST) and develop a Family Self-Sufficiency Plan (FSSP). The plan requires qualified applicants to participate in work activities for up to 40 hours a week to keep receiving benefits.

FAQ’s about the Michigan Family Independence Program


What are the qualifications for FIP? 

Visit MI Bridges, a site to apply for cash assistance, check your eligibility status, and manage your account online. Determining your eligibility will be within 45 days since filing the application. Receive your benefits through your EBT account (Michigan Bridge Card) twice a month once qualified.

How much cash assistance does a family of 3 get in Michigan? 

The benefits you receive from welfare in Michigan largely depend on your family’s income and size. A family of three without income receives a maximum of monthly $492.

How long can you receive cash assistance in Michigan? 

Cash Assistance through the FIP is only for up to 48 months in your lifetime under Michigan law. Exceptions may be made due to hardships.

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