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.
|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.
- Some retirement plans.
- Some trusts.
- Property or real estate (excludes first home).
- Vehicle (one household vehicle will not be counted).
|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:
- 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.