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Disability Assistance

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State Disability Assistance (SDA) provides cash assistance to eligible & disabled adults. If you are the caretaker of a disabled person or are age 65 or older, you may be eligible for SDA.


Disability Determination  Asset Limits 
You are considered disabled for SDA purposes if you:
  • Receive disability-related benefits (such as medicaid based on disability or blindness)
  • Reside in a special facility (such as a licensed Adult Foster Care Home); or
  • Obtain certification by MDHHS medical consultants as unable to work due to a mental of physical disability for at least 90 days.
Effective 12/01/19 the cash asset limit is $15,000. Assets are cash or any property you own. Assets include: 
  • Cash on hand
  • Bank and credit union accounts
  • Investments
  • Retirement plans
  • Trusts
  • Property or real estate (asset limit is $200,000)
Income  Residency Requirements 
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:
  • Wages.
  • 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.