After the devastating recession in 2008, Michigan families needed a better way to find the benefits and services for which they were eligible.
Michigan Benefits Access is a public/private initiative created to solve this challenge. By streamlining the benefits application process, increasing online access to DHS programs, and coordinating local support services, a greater number of Michigan families are able to connect with a range of benefits that help promote household economic stability.
Michigan Benefits Access has created a collaborative network of government and non-profit organizations throughout the state and in your community to provide you with access to the support services you need where you live.
Designed as a collaborative initiative, MBA engages organizations that know their communities best. MBA relies on statewide networks to recruit and train benefits access counselors who can assist households to address various income gaps.
- Over 250 trainings have occurred across the state
- More than 10,000 people have linked to MI Bridges through the MBA website
- Nearly 4,000 people have been trained in the MI Bridges system
- 28,000 people have been assisted in finding benefits via 2-1-1
- More than 1,400 agencies have accessed MBA training
- 1,900 people have been assisted in finding benefits through the MBA AmeriCorps program
- Over $200,000 in capacity building grants has been awarded to local agencies