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What is the PATH program?

The PATH program features a 10-day application eligibility period (AEP) during which local Michigan Works! offices assess, evaluate and prepare applicants to attain employment, meet federal work participation requirements, and work towards self-sufficiency.

The primary goals of PATH are twofold. First, identify barriers and help participants connect to the resources they need to obtain employment. Second, help Michigan reach the federally mandated 50% work participation rate. Work participation is defined by how many participants secure employment and the number of participants engaged in job preparedness and search activities.

How does PATH work?

The Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) and Workforce Development work together to provide PATH services through the Michigan Works! network.
PATH provides families receiving cash assistance with the following:
  • Joint Planning and Service Delivery
  • 10-Day AEP
  • Family Self-Sufficiency Plan
  • Post-Employment Services and Support

What are the rules and requirements?

PATH Program Manual

PATH Program Overview