Michigan Family Independence Program (FIP)

Last Updated on January 15, 2024 by Lori Pace


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

FIP applicants and recipients may be assigned to the Partnership. In short, Accountability. Training. Hope. (PATH) program through the Michigan Works Agencies for assistance in finding a job or to develop needed job skills.

This program aims to establish and maintain a connection to the labor market for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipients.

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

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

Who is eligible for this Program?

So, to be eligible for Michigan Family Independence, you must be a resident of Michigan, and a U.S. citizen, legal alien, or qualified alien. You must be unemployed or underemployed and have a low or meager income. Moreover, the applicants must also be one of the following:

  • Have a child 18 years of age or younger, or
  • Be pregnant, or
  • Or, be 18 years of age or younger and the head of your household.

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. For example, 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 can happen due to hardships.

Lori Pace
Lori Pace

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