Michigan now requires ‘able-bodied’ food-stamp recipients to work

New requirements imposed Monday by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services will require most residents between 18 and 49 years old to work in order to continue receiving food stamps.

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Those deemed “able-bodied” and who do not live in a home with a minor will now have to prove that they are working, volunteering or training an average of 20 hours per week.

New applicants must abide by the new requirement immediately while those already receiving benefits will have three months to begin complying.

Existing rules had already been in place across the state but were not uniformly enforced until this week’s policy update.

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