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SMCAA Service Application






The first step to receive assistance is to apply for State Emergency Relief (SER) assistance at



Navigators will help you through the process of application and creating an account if required. Navigators can access your benefit decision

notices while on the phone or in person. Applying for State Emergency Relief ensures that you are maximizing the amount of assistance possible.

After you apply for SER, begin your application process with SMCAA.

The following are documents MUST be included with your application. If you do not include all required documents, your application will not be processed. 

Please note: to allow proper time to process applications, we do not receive applications after 3:30 p.m.

  • 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 with total amount you are behind AND/OR copy of current lease/mortgage 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)

  • In-Person: Visit our Main Office in Benton Harbor

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

                                                       ATTN: Linda Mills
                                                       Benton Harbor, MI 49022


  • Drop-Off Box:           (Located on 3rd Floor)
                                             185 E. Main St., Ste 303

                                                  Benton Harbor, MI 49022

Have a question?

Call SMCAA at 269-925-9077.

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Are you outside of our service region?
Don't worry. 
You can find a participating CARES Community Action Agency for your area by visiting one of the following websites:

Michigan Community Action
Community Action Partnership

Not finding what you need?

If you do not see an answer to your question or need further assistance, please call 269-925-9077.

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