Food Stamps Basics
General information about the Food Assistance Program in Michigan, including who is eligible, how to apply, answers to frequently asked questions, and important information if you are homeless or have been denied benefits.
|Basic Information about Food Stamps
General information about the Food Assistance Program and who is eligible.
Asset Test Pamphlet
|Michigan passed an Asset Test on October 1, 2011 for Food Assistance.|
|Food Stamp Work Rules
The Food Assistance Program does not have work rule requirements. In years past, childless able bodied adults had to meet some work requirements. If you did not meet the work requirement, you could only receive 3 months of FAP. Presently, Michigan has a waiver on this issue.
|Food Stamps for Legal Immigrants (PDF)
Find out if you can receive Food Assistance
|How To Apply for Food Stamps
Everyone has the right to apply for Food Assistance and receive a decision in writing! Even if you were denied Food Assistance before, or your Food Assistance stopped, you can always apply again. Before you can re-apply, your case must be closed. The processing time for an application is 30 days. You must wait until you have received a decision regarding your application before submitting another.
|If You Are Homeless
Being homeless does not mean you must go hungry! Food Assistance can help homeless people and families buy groceries at stores, prepared meals at certain group dining centers, and food from meal delivery systems.
|If You've Been Denied
What to do if you've been denied Food Assistance or expedited Food Assistance.
|Myths and Truths about Food Stamps
|Questions and Answers about Food Stamps
Answers to frequently asked questions on eligibility, emergency food assistance, contacting your case worker, and getting a second bridge card for your authorized representative.
|Seniors: Think You Can't Get Food Stamps? Take a Fresh Look (PDF)
This pamphlet lists common myths about the Food Assistance Program, especially for households with senior citizens.
|Solutions to Common Problems
What to do if you need help filling out the application, if you are told you are not eligible, or if you have lost Food Assistance or been denied.
|Special Rules for Adults Without Kids
The Food Assistance Program has special rules for adults who do not live with children. The State of Michigan is currently under a 12- month waiver exempting them from enforcing this rule. The waiver has to be renewed on a yearly basis.
|Were You Denied or Cut Off of Food Stamps? Are You Losing Your Food Stamps Before You Have To? (PDF)
This flyer gives a quick look at Food Assistance eligibility for households with and without children.
|What if My Caseworker Won't Call Me Back?
Sometimes it is difficult for DHS recipients or applicants to reach their caseworker. There are many times when it is very important to reach a caseworker to report changes in income or other information on time. At other times, you may need something from your caseworker. Here are some tips if you are having trouble reaching your caseworker.