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Issue Alert - 13-06-03

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Jun 17, 2013

Program Area:

Food Assistance Program (FAP)

Issue Summary:

FAP benefits for SSI recipients in the MiCAP Program are being reduced by $4 per month

Persons Affected:

FAP recipients who qualify for FAP under the Michigan Combined Application Project

For More Information:

Center for Civil Justice 320 S. Washington, 2nd Floor Saginaw, MI 48607 (989) 755-3120, (800)724-7441 Fax: (989) 755-3558 E-mail: Michigan Poverty Law Program 611 Church Street, Suite 4A Ann Arbor, MI 48104-3000 (734) 998-6100 (734) 998-9125 Fax


The Michigan Combined Application Project (MiCAP) is a demonstration project that provides a streamlined application and eligibility process for Food Assistance Program (FAP) benefits to: 

·         SSI recipients age 18 or older

·         residing in Michigan

·         receiving maximum SSI but no other income

·         living independently as defined by the Social Security Administration

·         purchasing and preparing food separately and

·         not otherwise receiving FAP at the time a MiCAP application is processed.


Under the MiCAP project, monthly FAP benefits are determined by the recipient’s total shelter, heat and other utilities expenses.  If the individual’s total expenses are below $1,000, the FAP benefit has been $186 per month.  If the individual’s total expenses are $1,000 or above, the benefit amount has been $200 per month. See Issue Alert 11-04-02.

What's Happening?

Beginning July 1, 2013, FAP benefits for MiCAP participants will be reduced by $4.00 per month.  This new policy is announced in Bridges Policy Bulletin 2013-011 and BEM 618 p. 2, effective July 1, 2013.  The Bulletin is available at and the policy is available at

The monthly FAP benefit for MiCAP participants with total expenses (shelter, heat and utilities) below $1,000 will be reduced to $182 (from $186).  The monthly FAP benefit for participants with total expenses of $1,000 or above will be reduced to $196 (from $200).  

What Should Advocates Do?

1.  Educate clients and community organizations about this issue.

2.  Encourage clients to contact the Center for Civil Justice Food and Nutrition Helpline at (800) 481-4989 for advice on whether they should apply for FAP using the standard (non-MiCAP) application. 

What Should Clients Do?

1. Be aware of the reduction in FAP benefit beginning July 1, 2013.

2. Contact the Center for Civil Justice Food and Nutrition Helpline at (800) 481-4989 if you have questions about FAP eligibility or benefit amounts.

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