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Eligibility

Eligibility is based on the financial situation of all members in a household. Everyone who lives together and purchases and prepares food together is considered a member of the same household group.

In general, DHS will review your assets, income and residency to determine what, if any, benefits you may be eligible for. For questions about the Food Assistance Program, call 1-855-275-6424.

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Expenses  Asset Limits 
Some household expenses are taken into account when determining your benefit amount. Examples of some of these expenses include:
  • Shelter (rent, mortgage, heat, electric, water, telephone, etc.).
  • Court-ordered or legally obligated child support payments.
  • Dependent care expenses for a disabled child or person.
  • Medical (medical and dental care, hospitalization or nursing care, medical supplies, health insurance premiums etc.) for certain members who have a disability or are at least 60 years old.
The food asset limit is $5,000. Assets are cash or any property you own. Examples of cash assets are: 
  • Cash on hand.
  • Checking and savings accounts.
  • Investments.
  • Some retirement plans.
  • Some trusts.
  • Property or real estate (excludes first home).
  • Vehicle (one household vehicle will not be counted).  
Income  Residency Requirements 
Most earned and unearned income is counted. Income is considered when determining the amount of SDA you are eligible to receive. Examples of countable income are:
  • Wages.
  • Self-employment earnings.
  • Rental income.
  • Social Security benefits.
  • Veterans benefits.
The following residency requirements apply:
  • Must be a U.S. citizen (or acceptable alien status). 
  • Must live in Michigan.
  • Must not be receiving cash from any other state.

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