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Issue Alert - Children's Clothing Allowance

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Date:

Jul 01, 2006

Program Area:

Family Independence Program (FIP)

Issue Summary:

Children's Clothing Allowance will again be issued this year. Eligibility will include an allowance for all children eligible for FIP for August 2006. The allowance is $45.00 per child. It is excluded as income for all programs.

Persons Affected:

FIP recipients with active FIP cases as of July 29, 2006

For More Information:

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


What's Happening?

DHS will issue its annual clothing allowance for FIP recipients who have an active FIP case as of August 1st, 2006. DHS will issue a $45 supplement for EACH child eligible for FIP. The payments should be on the recipient’s bridge card when the client is scheduled to receive their first August FIP payment. Clients can use their clothing allowance to purchase clothes at any store they choose. However, many stores offer discounts to clients who spend their clothing allowance on clothes from their stores. Clients can ask their local DHS office for a list of stores offering discounts in their area or they can find a list of stores on the DHS website in the “What’s New” area. The DHS website is:http://www.michigan.gov/dhs

What Should Advocates Do?

Advocates should make FIP clients aware that the clothing supplement will be on their electronic debit card accounts in August. Advocates should also help clients locate stores that offer discounts for FIP recipients who spend their clothing allowance at that store.If a FIP recipient had an active FIP case on August 1st but did not receive their clothing allowance, she should notify their caseworker.

What Should Clients Do?

FIP clients should be aware that the clothing supplement will be on their electronic debit card accounts in August. Clients should contact their local DHS office or the website to find stores that offer discounts in their area. If a FIP recipient had an active FIP case on August 1st but did not receive their clothing allowance, she should notify their caseworker.

Finding Help

Most legal aid and legal services offices handle these types of cases, and they do not charge a fee.

You can locate various sources of legal and related services, including the free legal aid office that serves your county, at MichiganLegalAid.org.

You can also look in the yellow pages under "attorneys" or call the toll-free lawyer referral number, (800) 968-0738.