Thousands Set To Protest Loss Of Welfare Benefits

DETROIT (WWJ) – A protest is planned in Detroit Monday — as the state hears from people who are in danger of losing their cash assistance welfare benefits.

Hearings are scheduled on Monday and Tuesday at Department of Human Services offices across the state. Nearly a thousand families who believe their benefits should NOT be discontinued have filed appeals — and DHS is using the so-called “rocket docket” system to consider the cases. You show up, you have your say before an administrative law judge — and walk out with an answer .. even if its not the answer you’re hoping for.

Critics say the state is acting way too fast — given that Michigan still has one of the nation’s highest jobless rates. They’ll protest Monday morning at 8 — outside the DHS office on Lappin Street in Detroit.

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