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Economic Security

Work Portrait
Gas assistance
Mobility Gift Cards for Employment

SMCAA currently has an assistance program available for Berrien County residents who need extra support to obtain and/or maintain employment. If an eligible individual needs gas money to pay for an emergency to get to work, then he/she may apply for a gas card.

Eligible individuals must be a Resident of Berrien County, provide proof of need for mobility funding to obtain/maintain employment, and have a household income at or below 200% FPL.

Appliance donation
Whirlpool Corporation Appliance Donation


In 2021, SMCAA provided new kitchen appliances to 10 households in Berrien County through collaboration with Whirlpool Corporation and United Way of Southwest Michigan. In 2022, 6 households received new appliances.

Job training
City of Benton Harbor Summer Youth Employment Program


The City of Benton Harbor's SYEP introduces low-to-moderate income youth to the pathway to self-sufficiency by offering a sustainable opportunity for job training and employment. Nearly 40 city youth will participate in this program during Summer 2022.

City residents interested in learning more or wanting to enroll their youth in this program may call the City of Benton Harbor at 269-927-0480. 

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