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    New Restrictions on Bridge Card Use by College Students

    Dana Burke

    On February 9, 2011, it was announced that university students in Michigan will have to meet stricter restrictions when applying for the Bridge Card program in April 2011.

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    Food Assistance Program

    Jenni Riehle

      The Food Assistance Program (FAP) is designed to supplement the food purchasing power of low-income people and families. This program is the newest reform to the Food Stamp Act of 1977. The program is funded completely by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. State and Federal governments help fund administrative costs. The Michigan Department of Human Services determines the ...

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    Michigan Updates Policy on Food Stamp Eligibility

    Alicia Adamczyk

    Michigan will begin enforcing stricter policies for food stamp assistance this month. While in previous years the assistance has been based solely on income, new factors such as savings and other assets will be taken into account when determining who will receive the aid from the state.

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    Questions about Bridge Card Program Changes

    Dana Burke

    The restructuring and restrictions being made to the Bridge Card Program is a major topic of interest in Michigan, especially amongst college students. Since Michigan Governor Rick Snyder (R) has taken office; he has made decreasing food stamp distribution a top priority. Before Snyder, most college student who applied for the ...

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    Pro/Con: Michigan's New Welfare Reform Bill

    Alicia Adamczyk

    The recent welfare reform laws passed in Michigan have caused quite a stir around the state. The acts, Public Acts 131 and 132, limit state-funded cash-assistance for able-bodied people through the Family Independence Program (FIP) to 48 months, with some exceptions. The reform does not include cuts for food ...

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    DHS Employees Laid Off in Greatest Time of Need

    Jenni Riehle

    The Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) will be cutting at least 320 jobs for fiscal year 2010. The layoffs come at a time when employees in this field are in huge demand. The cuts come as a result of the latest state budget which is affecting government jobs ...

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    A Break Down: "Alleviating Poverty in Michigan," Report of 2009 …

    Jenni Riehle

    The Michigan Commission on Community Action and Economic Opportunity released a report this November, that has been two years in the making. The report titled, "Alleviating Poverty in Michigan," was commissioned to make recommendations to Governor Granholm and the Michigan legislator on how to create a better system for the ...

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    An Analysis of Governor Snyder's Budget Proposal for Community Health …

    Governor Rick Snyder released his report "Executive Budget Fiscal Years 2012 and 2013" on Thursday, February 17, 2011. The budget presented is a balanced, two-year spending plan with recommended FY 2012 and FY 2013. On his budget proposal for the Department of Human Services, the Governor recommended total funding of $6.9 ...

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    Not the Right Time for Welfare Reform

    Alicia Adamczyk

    Commentary:

    Michigan’s Welfare Reform policy has sparked plenty of debate over the past few months, with both sides providing valid arguments for or against the reforms - but while both sides may have sound reasoning, now is not the right time for the new restrictions. .

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    Overview of the Children's Trust Fund (CTF)

    Alicia Adamczyk

    The Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) is an independent non-profit organization in the state government that provides funding to prevent child abuse and neglect. The program receives funding through charitable donations and grants, which it then feeds in to local programs and services to promote the health, safety and welfare for Michigan’s ...

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