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More than 67,000 able-bodied Michiganders must now work to receive food assistance

Able-bodied adults in Michigan without dependents will be required to meet federal work requirements that have been waived for more than a decade, according to a news release for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. (Photo credit: WEYI)

FLINT, Mich. (WEYI) -- Able-bodied adults in Michigan without dependents will be required to meet federal work requirements that have been waived for more than a decade, according to a news release for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

That goes into effect on Monday, October 1.

MDHHS will be sending letters to more than 67,000 people this week informing them of the requirement.

Once they reach the date of their next annual case eligibility redetermination, the able-bodied adults will have three months to meet the work requirements or qualify for an exemption before they will lose food assistance benefits.

New applicants who are determined eligible for food assistance will be subject to work requirement immediately.

Michigan began receiving a waiver from the requirements in 2002 due to high unemployment.

The able-bodied adult can meet the reinstated work requirements to receive food assistance by:

  • Working an average of 20 hours per week each month in unsubsidized employment.
  • Participating for an average of 20 hours per week each month in an approved employment and training program.
  • Participating in community service by volunteering at a nonprofit organization.

Able-bodied adults without dependents can call their MDHHS case specialist with questions or visit www.michigan.gov/foodassistance for more details.

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