Stand up for families and kids
On October 1, two new
state policies impacting economically vulnerable families and children
in our state took effect. The strict enforcement of time limits on
needed cash assistance and the new asset testing for food assistance
will hurt struggling families and people across our state.
In early November,
Michigan’s Department of Human Services announced that as of January 1,
2012, families may exempt one vehicle, and the second car cannot be
valued at more than $15,000. Please call Gov. Snyder’s office at 517-373-3400 or email him at Rick.Snyder@michigan.gov. Thank
the governor for modifying the asset test for vehicles. Tell the
governor that asset testing in general is not the way to go. The $5,000
cash asset threshold to receive food assistance is too low; the state
should be encouraging people to create assets. Voice your opposition to
the new cash assistance time limits. Now is not the time for these harsh
Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (the “Super Committee” or
“Committee of 12”) has to produce a plan to reduce the deficit by $1.5
trillion by November 23rd. Anti-hunger advocates are deeply concerned
that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly
known as food stamps) might be targeted for massive funding cuts or
structural changes that could result in enrollment being capped and
many struggling with hunger being kicked off the program. These changes
would hurt the families still feeling the effects of the recession and
the nearly 49 million Americans who lived in households struggling
with hunger in 2010.
Click here to ask your Member of Congress to protect SNAP.
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