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Michigan Poverty Task Force
Michigan Poverty Task Force
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.
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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Task Force Report
The Task Force released its second set of policy recommendations to continue the State’s efforts to lift struggling Michiganders out of poverty and improve their health outcomes. The 2022 recommendations focused on five key areas:
- Income and social protection
- Housing, basic amenities and the environment
- Early childhood development
- Social inclusion and nondiscrimination
- Access to affordable health services of decent quality
The 2022 report offered 29 policy recommendations designed to address disparities that make some Michiganders both poorer and sicker than others. The recommendations are organized around social determinants of health, or non-medical factors that influence health outcomes.
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.
State of Michigan Departments
Agriculture and Rural Development
Insurance and Financial Services
Michigan Indigent Defense Commission
Michigan State Police
Technology, Management and Budget
Environment, Great Lakes and Energy
Labor and Economic Opportunity
Michigan Public Service Commission
Military and Veterans Affairs
Health and Human Services
Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Michigan State Housing Development Authority