New requirement proposed for Michigan welfare recipients

LANSING, Mich. (WXYZ) - The state Senate has passed a bill that would include community service as a possible requirement to receive welfare benefits in Michigan.

Under current regulations, those applying for cash assistance through the Family Independence Program must be referred to Michigan's work participation program, called PATH (Partnership. Accountability. Training. Hope). The program is designed to determine why applicants are having trouble finding and sustaining employment.

Once an applicant enters the program, he or she will be required to participate in education or job training activities.

Under the new bill, SB276, community service would be included as a possible activity.

The bill passed 27 to 9 in the state Senate. It now moves to the state House for consideration.


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