The Michigan Bridges program requires individuals to submit an application in order to determine eligibility to receive benefits. Individuals can visit the Michigan Bridges website and apply for benefits including cash and food assistance, child and health care, and emergency services, as of 2015.
Applications for Michigan Bridges programs are available at local Department of Human Services offices, and agencies provide assistance with filling out the application, if needed. An interview is a mandatory part of the qualification process for certain benefits. The interview with the case specialist is an overview of applicant rights, program details, income eligibility, budgeting and verification. In order to verify eligibility for benefits, applicants need to provide a number of documents to support information on the application.
Verification documentation includes a state-issued identification card, Social Security number, rent receipts and utility bills. Additional documentation includes proof of marriage or divorce, child support paid, medical bills and bank account statements. Applicants should inform the case specialist of difficulties in obtaining documents. In Michigan, applications for assistance are approved or denied within a specified period of time.
Applicants are required to accurately report all sources of income to assist case specialists in estimating future income. Upon approval, individuals receive a Michigan Bridge Card, which is used the same as a regular ATM debit card.