Public Benefits are government programs (tribal, state, or federal) for people who meet eligibility requirements. Each program has its own requirements. Most public assistance programs are income and asset tested.
This guide from WashingtonLawHelp explains how your tribal income/resources affect your SSI.
For help with 1) tribal benefits, or 2) public benefits where tribal payments are the issue, please call MILS at 231-947-0122.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)- SSI is based on financial need and either age or disability. Learn more about qualifying and how to apply.
State Disability Assistance- For more information on eligibility and applying visit Michigan Legal Help's State Disability Assistance page.
Low Income Heat Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)- LIHEAP helps low-income households with their home energy bills. For more information about LIHEAP and how to apply, visit Benefits.gov.
Lifeline- Lifeline is a state and federal program that provides discounts on telecommunications and broadband service to certain qualifying low income customers. Learn more about program eligibility and how to apply. If you live on Tribal lands, you may qualify for an additional discount.
Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP)- The Affordable Connectivity Program is a federal benefit program that helps ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare and more. Learn more about program eligibility and how to apply.
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