Crisis & Emergency Response

COVID Aid, Relief, and Economic Security

In an effort to respond to the needs of Berrien, Cass and Van Buren County residents during and following the coronavirus pandemic, SMCAA has implemented services through the CARES Relief and Recovery Services, which comes from federal funding by the CARES Act. Specifically, CARES may provide utility payment assistance with electric, gas, water, and deliverable fuels.

Eligible clients are 200% of Poverty, must provide proof of financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and receive benefits through MDHHS. 

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City of Benton Harbor Clean Drinking Water

It is SMCAA’s belief that clean water is vital to the health of communities and that everyone has the right to safe, clean water.

Since September 30, 2021, SMCAA has been offering bottled water to the residents of the City of Benton Harbor following reports of elevated levels of lead in the city-supplied water. The State of Michigan is providing free bottled water as City residents are being encouraged to use bottled water for cooking, drinking, brushing teeth, rinsing foods, and mixing powdered infant formula.