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The Michigan Poverty Law Program (MPLP) provides state support services to local legal aid programs and other poverty law advocates. MPLP engages in systemic advocacy to help alleviate barriers faced by low income individuals. Since inception in 1997, MPLP has supported, trained and provided case consultation to advocates on thousands of cases involving low income individuals and families in Michigan. MPLP is a joint project of the Michigan Advocacy Program and the University of Michigan Law School.

Since 2008, MPLP has expanded significantly and created successful statewide programs to respond to emerging legal needs in Michigan. MPLP created the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, the Michigan Foreclosure Prevention Project the Michigan Elder Justice Initiative and Michigan Legal Help.

If you are a client looking for legal assistance or representation please visit, which provides legal information and resources for Michigan residents who are representing themselves in civil legal matters.

Recent Issue Alerts

Mar 25, 2015 In order to request a hearing with the Department of Human Services (DHS) or the Department of Community Health (DCH), the request must be submitted within 90 days of the Notice of Case Action. A clarification of how the 90 days are counted has been added to BAM 600 at page 6.
Mar 13, 2015 On October 29, 2014, a federal court preliminary enjoined the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Michigan Department of Community Health (DCH) from terminating the Plan First! Medicaid benefits of tens of thousands of low-income women without first conducting ex parte case reviews to determine if these women are eligible for comprehensive Medicaid. The federal court also ordered DHS and DCH to provide these women with written notice of their eligibility for comprehensive Medicaid following these ex parte reviews.
May 13, 2014

Beginning May 1, 2014, DHS will not automatically use the standard heat and utility allowance when determining eligibility and payment amounts for FAP applicants and recipients; but FAP groups that were receiving the standard allowance on or before February 7, 2014 will be protected from the change for at least 5 months.

Feb 25, 2014 DHS has revised their policy for the administrative hearing process for appealing adverse DHS decisions
Feb 04, 2014 Individuals who transfer countable assets for less than fair market value while applying for or receiving FAP, or within 90 days prior to application, will be ineligible for FAP for 1 to 12 months, depending on the amount of the “divestment”
Feb 04, 2014 Individuals and families must now apply for Medicaid and MIChild on a separate application from other programs, which will also serve as an application for health insurance subsidies for people who are over the income limits for Medicaid and MIChild
Jan 17, 2014 Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) has issued new policy on determining whether a person is a Michigan resident for purposes of Medicaid eligibility, which satisfies some -- but not all -- requirements of federal
Jan 15, 2014 The Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) has delayed the transition to a simplified application for Medicaid, MIChild and Marketplace insurance subsidies. DHS also has delayed the transition to use of Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) in determining Medicaid eligibility -- two changes that were scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2014 under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Jan 15, 2014 Changes have been made concerning front desk issuance and other issues surrounding Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards
Jan 15, 2014 DHS specialists have a responsibility to assist those who have Limited English Proficiency (LEP) in having an equal opportunity to participate in or benefit from DHS programs and services through an interpreter
Jan 15, 2014 Changes have been made to the verification policy concerning the alien status subcategory, “refugee” and/or “victim of trafficking”
Jan 15, 2014 Salaries paid by an S Corporation (S-Corp) or a Limited Liability Company (LLC) are considered earned income to the client, even if the client owns the organization, for all programs above except MA; for MA only, DHS is now treats such income as unearned income, which is contrary to federal law