Starting October first, it will be harder for people in Michigan to get government help with food. Until now people qualified simply by family income, but after next week recipients will also have to report any assets they have, such as cars and savings accounts.
People will be allowed to have some assets, such as a house and vehicles that total up to $15,000 dollars.
But human services advocates say the new rules discourage poor people from saving money. They also say it'll hurt people who live in rural areas - especially families with two wage earners who need cars to drive to work.
One-in-five people in Michigan are on food assistance, a number that's risen steadily as the state's economy falters. The program is paid with federal dollars.
Also starting October 1st, those who have been on government cash assistance for a lifetime total of four years will no longer qualify.