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SER provides limited help to households with low income who have an emergency. SER helps prevent serious harm to individuals and families who have an emergency that threatens their health or safety.

You may be eligible for SER if:

  • You have low income and limited assets.
  • The emergency situation is not likely to happen again
  • You have made certain required payments on your shelter, heat, electric and/or utility bills.
  • The amount you need is within our limits.
  • Covered services include:

  • Relocation payments to avoid or eliminate homelessness
  • Mortgage, insurance, and/or property tax payment, to stop forfeiture, foreclosure or tax sale.
  • Limited home repairs
  • Home heating, electric and utility bills.
  • Burial costs.
  • Contact your local Department of Human Services office for more information.


    FAP provides benefits that can be used to buy food for your household. People of all ages may receive FAP.

    You may be eligible for FAP benefits if you have either:

  • Low income
  • No income
  • FAP eligibility and benefit amounts are based on your household income and the number of people in your FAP group. When reviewing your income, the program makes some deductions and consider allowable expenses.

    Allowable expenses:

  • Medical expenses over $35 a month not paid by a third party (for persons age 60 or older, veteran with disability, or a person with a disability.
  • Some housing and utility costs.
  • Some child care costs nd costs for care of persons with disabilities.
  • Court ordered child support paid to a non-household member.
  • Contact your local Department of Human Services office for more informaton or apply at https://www.mibridges.michigan.gov/access/


    Many MA programs are available for children, families, and adults. The goal is to make essential health care services, including Medicare premiums, available for those who cannot pay for them. Asset and income rules are different for different MA groups and programs.

    You may be eligible for MA when you are (a):

  • Family Independence Program recipient.
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipient.
  • Financially eligible, and:
  • under age 21.
  • Age 65 or older
  • pregnant
  • blind or disabled
  • A parent or close relative living with and acting as a parent for a child.
  • Contact your local Department of Human Services office for more information.


    Auto Aid for Families

    Auto purchase - up to $2000

    Auto repairs - up to $900 per 12 months

    MUST BE A FAMILY (pregnant of have a child under 18)

    Contact your local Department of Human Services for more information.


    AMP pays for basic medical care for low income adults. Additional services may be available through a county health plan.

    You may be eligible for AMP if you are not eligible for Medicaid and you have:

  • Cash assets of $3,000 or less, and
  • Low income
  • Limited enrollment.

    Contact your local Department of Human Services office for more informaton


    CDC helps pay for the cost of child care. You may be eligible if you are:

    A family with low income.

    A licensed foster parent requesting care for foster children.

    A member of a DHS protective or preventive services case participating in a treatment plan.

    A FIP or SSI recipient.

    A FIP applicant doing a required Michigan Works Agency activity.

    You must have a child care need because of:

  • Work.
  • High school completion classes.
  • Approved education or training.
  • Approved treatment activities for a health of social condition.
  • Contact your local Department of Human Services office for more information.


    The main goal of cash assistance programs is to help families become self-supporting and independent.

    FIP is temporary cash assistance for low-income families with minor children.

    RAP is temporary cash assistance for persons recently admitted into the U.S. as refugees.

    To qualify for FIP or RAP, you must have:

  • Low income, and
  • Cash assets less than $3,000
  • You may be eligible for FIP if you are not receiving cash benefits from another state and you are either:

  • Pregnant.
  • A parent, legal guardian, or relative acting as a parent for a child under the age of 18 (or a high school student age 18-19).
  • You may be eligible for RAP if you are:

  • A refugee (or someone treated as a refugee) as determined by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
  • Within eight months of date of entry to the U.S., and
  • Not eligible for FIP
  • The FIP or RAP grand amount is based on:
  • Number of people in your household group
  • Court-ordered child support expenses paid by your household.
  • Total income
  • Contact your local Department of Human Services office for more information.


    SDA provides cash assitance to meet the basic needs of a person with a disability, a person caring for a person with a disability, or persons in a special living arrangement.

    A person is considered disabled if (s)he is one of the following:

  • Age 65 or older
  • Unable to work for 90 days or more because of a medical condition
  • Receiving Supplemental Security Income or Social Security disability benefits.
  • Receiving emdical assistance based on disability or blindness
  • Receiving special education services
  • Receiving Michigan Rehabilitation Services.
  • Diagnosed as having AIDS.
  • Living in an adult foster care home, a home for the aged, a county infirmary or a substance abuse treatment center.
  • Contact your local Department of Human Services office for more information.


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