Published on February 24, 2023 in Stable Households
In Michigan, one in seven children face hunger. Access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is one of the foremost ways in which families grappling with food insecurity can find relief. However, Michigan applies an asset test that requires families to have no more than $15,000 in assets, including the value of their vehicles and any bank account savings, in order to qualify for SNAP benefits. This means that instead of SNAP helping to keep a household stable during a crisis like a layoff or other sudden loss of income, low-income families may be forced to first sell their reliable car and/or deplete their savings account in order to get vital support.
That is why we are urging our legislators to eliminate the use of the asset test.
United Way for Southeastern Michigan is committed to ensuring that households can access basic necessities and that children are thriving. Eliminating the asset test will increase access to SNAP, address food insecurity and improve health outcomes for working families. In addition, removing the asset test would improve educational and employment opportunities, as individuals will be able to keep their vehicles that enable them to get to school or work.
Michigan children and families are counting on SNAP. Contact your elected officials below to urge their support for eliminating the asset test!
Tell Michigan legislators to increase access to food assistance!