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Issue Alert - 04-07-13

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Jul 14, 2004

Issue Summary:

Families with children who receive Family Independence Program (FIP) cash assistance for August 2004 will receive a $40 annual clothing allowance for each child that is age 4 through 18.

Persons Affected:

Families with children age 4 - 18 who receive FIP for August 2004

For More Information:

Michigan Poverty Law Program 611 Church Street, Suite 4A Ann Arbor, MI 48104-3000(734) 998-6100(734) 998-9125 Fax


Family Independence Program (FIP)

What's Happening?

The Family Independence Agency will be issuing a $40 clothing allowance to all children receiving FIP for August 2004 who are age 4 through 18. For most children receiving FIP for August 2004, the clothing allowance will be added to the family's Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) account between August 3 and August 12, depending on their case number. For individuals whose Family Independence Program (FIP) cases are closed before the date the allowance is to be deposited in their EBT account, FIA will issue a warrant (paper check). For individuals whose FIP cases are opened later in the month, or in September (retroactive to August, FIA will also issue a warrant (check) for the clothing allowance.Children qualify if they are age 4 through 18 at any time during the month of August 2004.Some clothing stores offer discounts to families receiving the FIP clothing allowance. Families will receive a letter from the FIA Director explaining the allowance and the possible availability of discounts.

Finding Help

Most legal aid and legal services offices handle these types 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 LawHelp web site ( or look in the yellow pages under "attorneys" or call the toll-free lawyer referral number, (800) 968-0738.