Macomb and Oakland residents affected by summer flooding can apply for one-time food aid payment


Low-income residents of Macomb and Oakland counties who were affected by flooding last June and did not receive food assistance benefits in July 2021 will soon be able to apply for federal food assistance program benefits. disaster, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s office said Tuesday.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) will accept applications in person during specified hours for six days at locations in each of the two counties starting Wednesday, November 3.

Households deemed eligible will receive a single benefit to spend on food that is $ 430 for a household of two and $ 782 for a household of four.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Have lived in Macomb or Oakland counties on June 25, 2021.

  • Not having received any food assistance benefits in July 2021, commonly known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and Michigan Food Assistance Program benefits.

  • Meet income requirements for family size based on household net income and available cash resources during the disaster compensation period, less unreimbursed disaster expenses. This translates into an income of around 150% of the federal poverty level. By comparison, eligibility for traditional food aid is based on an income that corresponds to 130% of the poverty line.
  • Being directly affected by the flooding, which means that the household has suffered at least one of the following events as a result of the disaster:

  • Food destroyed or spoiled.

  • Personal injury related to disasters.

  • Loss or lack of access to income due to the disaster, including decrease, end or delay in receipt of income, for much of the benefit period.

  • The need for home or business repairs.

  • Temporary accommodation costs.

  • Evacuation or moving costs.

Under federal requirements, the MDHHS will conduct an in-person interview with each candidate before disaster food aid can be approved.

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Applicants must provide verification of their identity and are encouraged to provide proof of residence, income and cash holdings such as the amount of money in their bank accounts during the disaster period, if possible. Proof of citizenship is not required. Face masks will be mandatory at all sites. Applicants are requested to bring their own mask if possible, however, masks will be available if required.

In both counties, applications will be accepted:

  • Wednesday November 3, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Thursday November 4, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Friday November 5 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Saturday November 6 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Monday November 8 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Tuesday, November 9 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Residents can apply at three Kensington Church locations:

  • Macomb County

  • Oakland County

    • Kensington Church, 4640 S. Lapeer Road, Lake Orion.

    • Kensington Church, 1825 E. Square Lake Road, Troy.

Elderly and disabled people will have access to priority lines, seats, water, disabled accessible parking and toilets, and other accommodation as needed.

Households approved for Disaster Food Assistance Program benefits will receive a Bridge Card, an electronic benefit card similar to a debit card that can be used to redeem their food assistance benefits in retail stores and eligible farmers’ markets.

Benefits will be available 24 hours after approval. Households should reap the benefits quickly. For a list of authorized SNAP retailers, including farmers’ markets and farm stalls, please see the USDA SNAP retailer locator.

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