Labor and Economic Opportunity
Until noon on Friday, January 21, 2022, we are issuing this Request for Proposals (RFP) from interested parties to conduct a comprehensive study and evaluation of the following:
- The effectiveness of the state's use of federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Barriers funding; and
- Barriers to state assistance programs, including application processes and waiting periods.
Register here for the pre-bid webinar to be held on Thursday, December 9, 2021, from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
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
Register here for the pre-bid webinar to be held on Thursday, January 20, 2022, from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
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.
of Michiganders are living in poverty
of Michigan children in poverty
of Michiganders in poverty or at risk of not making ends meet
Gov. Whitmer speaking at Michigan Poverty Task Force announcement
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.