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Lifting Michiganders Out of Poverty

  • Lifting Michiganders Out Of Poverty

    "No parent should have to choose between paying rent and putting food on the table for their families. That's why I've charged this task force with identifying more ways we can lift families up and ensure they can build a good life for themselves here in Michigan. I plan to work very closely with this team to ensure that every parent can feed their families with healthy, nutritious food, put a roof over their heads, and keep them warm in the winter." - Governor Whitmer

    According to Michigan Association of United Ways ALICE, report 1.5, million Michiganders struggle to afford the basic necessities of housing, child care, food, technology, health care and transportation. There is no single face to this problem-its causes are many and varied, and so are its consequences. No matter how poverty is viewed or measured, however, one thing is clear-too many Michiganders lack the opportunity they deserve to get ahead, or even get by.

    While there are already many efforts underway throughout state government to assist individuals living in poverty, the Michigan Poverty Task Force will find ways to strengthen, broaden, coordinate and streamline those efforts, ensuring that Michigan families have access to the support they need.


Join the Fight Against Poverty

  • There is no one solution to solving poverty, that’s why it will take all of us working together to make real progress. The Task Force will do collectively what no one entity could do alone. Bringing together state departments, philanthropy, community organizations and local leaders, the Task Force will be better able to identify and tackle the root causes of poverty and bring opportunity to more Michiganders.

    Sign up for updates to learn more about the Task Force.

New Partnership Opportunities

  • Children's Savings Account (CSA) programs

    Until noon on Friday, February 25, 2022, LEO is issuing this Request for Proposals (RFP) from interested parties to support Children's Savings Account (CSA) programs by providing matching funds to CSAs.

    LEO seeks to secure two qualified entities to provide regional administration to a CSA pilot program, including, but not limited to:

    - Establishing a new Children's Savings Account program

    - Promoting Children's Savings Accounts program

    - Leveraging philanthropic and corporate support to help match funds

    Download the full RFP and proposal template

    Download Attachment A template

    Register here for the pre-bid webinar to be held on Thursday, January 20, 2022, from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.


Poverty by the Numbers

  • Today, 1.4 million Michiganders fall below the poverty level, but more importantly, the United Way’s ALICE Report shows that 43% or 4.3 million of working Michigan households struggle to afford the necessities like housing, childcare, food, technology, health care and transportation. To afford the basics, single adults need a salary of just over $21,000 and a family of four need over $61,000. The Michigan Poverty Task Force will work to identify and evaluate measures such as these to gain a full understanding of both the scope of poverty’s impact on Michigan families and communities, and the ways state government can best help those families and communities.


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Poverty Task Force Report

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Task Force Members

  • Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2019-19 to create the Michigan Poverty Task Force within the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO). The task force will be comprised of directors, or their designees, from a number of state departments and agencies and will be charged with making recommendations to the governor on how to best coordinate and activate efforts within state government to lift Michigan families out of poverty and help them on a path to opportunity. The Task Force will connect and collaborate with the public and key stakeholders in carrying out this important work.