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Issue Alert - 02-10-01

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Oct 01, 2002

Issue Summary:

Food Assistance Program begins using the 2002 poverty guidelines.

Persons Affected:

FAP applicants


Food Assistance Program (FAP - formerly Food Stamps)

What's Happening?

FAP will begin using the 2002 poverty guidelines effective October of 2002. The new guidelines follow:Household size, 100%, 130%, 200%1, $739, $960, $14772, $995, $ 1293, $19903, $ 1252, $1627, $25044, $1509, $1961, $30175, $1765, $2294, $35306, $2022, $2628, $40447, $2278, $2961, $45568, $2535, $3295, $50709+ each additional member add, +256 +332 +514

What Should Advocates Do?

Advocates should begin using these new guidelines when estimating FAP budgets for clients. A small number of clients will be impacted directly by this change, in particular people whose gross income was above 200% using the 2001 guidelines but not using the 2002 guidelines. If these people have very high expenses, they may now qualify for FAP assistance.

What Should Clients Do?

Clients who have been denied FAP assistance because they were over the gross income limit, but who have high expenses, should reapply or call 1-800-481-4989 to find out if they would now qualify.

Finding Help

Most legal aid and legal services office handle these type of cases, and they do not charge a fee. You can locate the "free" legal services or legal aid office that serves your county on the Michigan Legal Assistance Network website ( or look in the yellow pages under "attorneys" or call the toll-free lawyer referral number, (800) 968-0738