Monday, October 10, 2011

Michigan Legislators Strip Food Assistance from a 13 Year Old Girl

Some acquaintances of mine have recently started taking care of a 13 year old girl.

Great kid. Wonderful with my kids and their kids. She was abandoned over the past two years. Neither of her parents, who were split up, wanted her. The grandmother also avoids having anything to do with her. I'm not sure whatever happened to the parents. But I know that the girl fell into the foster home system.

She had food assistance, to help her out and the family that was taking care of her.


HAD food assistance.

A new law, passed by the Republican congress and signed by the Republican governor, stripped the 13 year old girl of food assistance. The law takes into account more assets when determining eligibility.

And guess what? The 13 year old girl has a modest trust fund which she can't touch until she's 18. So her food assistance was stripped.

Michigan has determined food assistance eligibility based only on income for roughly a decade. A new policy will include a review of certain financial assets starting Oct 1. The requirements will affect new applicants right away and existing recipients when their cases come up for review, which typically happens once every six months.

Those with assets of more than $5,000 in bank accounts or some types of property would no longer be eligible for food assistance. Other assets that would count against the cap include vehicles with market values of more than $15,000 and second homes, depending on how much is owed on the properties.

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