Starting today, 67,000 people who received a letter from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and are able-bodied have three months to find a job or lose their benefits. 

New applicants who meet the work criteria will have to start work immediately in order to have their application accepted. Persons who already are receiving food assistance have their eligibility reviewed once a year. They’ll have three months to find work after their annual case meeting.

The requirements had been lifted in 2002 due to high unemployment in the state. Improvement in the unemployment rate led the federal government to insist that Michigan reinstate the requirements.

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