Benefits Changing for Michigan’s SNAP Program

Thousands of people in the state of Michigan could lose their Bridge Card benefits because Michigan’s economy is improving.

For now, it impacts about 14,000 adults who are considered able-bodied, do not work, and do not have dependents in Kent, Oakland, Ottawa and Washtenaw counties.

Since 2002, the state has had a waiver that allowed them to get SNAP benefits whether or not they worked.

They can meet the reinstated work requirements to receive food assistance by:

– Working an average of 20 hours per week each month in unsubsidized employment.

– Participating for an average of 20 hours per week each month in an approved employment and training program.

– Participating in community service by volunteering at a nonprofit organization.

The rule change will be phased in statewide starting January 1.

It’s expected to be fully implemented by October 2018.

Around one in seven Michigan residents gets SNAP benefits.