Apply For Michigan TANF
This page provides the Michigan TANF eligibility requirements. Applicants must meet both state and federal guidelines for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. Individuals who apply for TANF must meet the monetary and non-monetary state guidelines, complete work-related activities, provide paternity information about the children in the household and report as required by the state.
Michigan residents who qualify for welfare are required to furnish information such as citizenship, income, resources, and age. Only household members who are eligible can receive Michigan welfare benefits. Read on for more information about applying for TANF. If you have additional questions or issues about this program, then contact TANF Michigan.
Temporary cash assistance is available for eligible pregnant women and low-income families with minor children. Use MI Bridges to apply for assistance, check your eligibility status and manage your account.
Michigan TANF Eligibility Requirements
To qualify for cash assistance, children must be a part of your family and meet age requirements. If your child is under the age of 18, or 18 years old and attending high school, you may be eligible. The family or legal guardians of that child (those living with the child - typically parents, stepparents, legal guardian and siblings) are also evaluated as part of the eligibility process.
If you are a pregnant woman or parents of a child in foster care who is expected to return home within one year, you may also be eligible for cash assistance. In general, DHS will review your assets, countable income and residency to determine what, if any, benefits you may be eligible for.
Michigan TANF Assets
The cash asset limit is $3,000. Assets are cash or any property you own. Assets such as your vehicles and personal belongings are not counted. Cash assets include:
- Cash on hand
- Bank and credit union accounts
- Retirement plans
- Property or real estate (asset limit is $250,000)
Michigan TANF Income
Most earned and unearned income is counted. Income is considered when determining the amount of cash assistance your family is eligible to receive. Examples of countable income are:
- Self-employment earnings
- Rental income
- Child support
- Social Security benefits
- Veterans benefits
Michigan TANF Residency
The following residency requirements apply:
- Must be a U.S. citizen (or acceptable alien status)
- Must live in Michigan
- Must not be receiving cash assistance from any other state
Michigan Employment Search
Part of the requirement, while on the TANF program, is finding a job to help sustain your financial needs. Michigan provides an online job site for you to search for employment. You can view the job site by clicking here.
Apply Online For Michigan TANF
If you have questions about applying for TANF benefits, or you want to see if you can apply for TANF Georgia online, then visit the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families website here.