PATH Program


Effective January 1, 2013, the PATH program is the work participation program required for families receiving cash assistance through the federal Family Independence Program (FIP).

What is the PATH program?

The new program features a 21-day application eligibility period (AEP) during which Michigan Works! Agencies (MWAs) assess, evaluate and more effectively prepare applicants to attain employment, meet federal work participation requirements and work towards self-sufficiency.

The primary goals of PATH are two fold. First, PATH will identify barriers and help participants connect to the resources they need to obtain employment. Second, the new program will help Michigan reach the federally mandated fifty-percent (50%) work participation rate. Work participation is defined by how many participants secure employment and the number of participants engaged in job preparedness and search activities.

How does PATH work?

The Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) and the Workforce Development Agency work together to provide PATH services through MWAs.

PATH provides families receiving cash assistance with the following:

  • Joint Planning and Service Delivery
  • 21-Day AEP
  • Family Self-Sufficiency Plan
  • Post Employment Services and Support

What are the rules and requirements?

PATH Program Manual