Emergency Services Application

SMCAA offers many emergency services designed to help residents across Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren Counties. Various programs have different eligibility requirements. In order to find out if you qualify for service, please complete a "basic emergency service" application.


Once your application is successfully submitted, an SMCAA team member will reach out to you with more details.



Begin Your Application Process

The following are documents you MUST include with your application:

  • Proof of Identification: Social Security cards for all household members, birth certificates for infants under 12 months of age, documentation for all foster children in household, ID copy of head of household, AND a picture of head of household holding their ID

  • Proof of Income: all earned income information for everyone 18 years and older who reside in household

  • Proof of Emergency: copy of utility bill OR copy of current lease and letter from landlord with total amount you are behind on rent

If you do not include all required documents, your application will not be processed. For a full documentation list, click here.


Once you have your required documentation, you are ready to fill out the SMCAA application and coordinating forms. To successfully apply for funding, you MUST complete each of the following items in their entirety:



You can submit your completed application and supporting documents in a number of ways:

  • Fax: 269-934-8242 (Attention to Linda Mills)

  • Mailing Address:          185 E. Main St., Ste 303

                                                       ATTN: Linda Mills
                                                       Benton Harbor, MI 49022


  • Drop-Off Box:           (Located Inside Main Floor's Front Door)
                                             185 E. Main St., Ste 303

                                                  Benton Harbor, MI 49022



Please note that SMCAA's offices are currently CLOSED to the public. Visitors will not be allowed inside the SMCAA offices.

Have a question?

Call SMCAA at 269-925-9077.

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