Contact Information

185 E Main St, Ste 303

Benton Harbor, MI 49022

(269) 925-9077

contact@smcaa.com

Office Hours

Monday - Friday

8:00am to 4:30pm

Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency
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SMCAA is dedicated to empowering diverse people in need and supporting their journey towards economic security.

Our vision: to be a beacon of support in a strong, thriving community by helping people and changing lives.

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal Civil Rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Civil Rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior credible activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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SMCAA is a private social service non-profit 501(c)(3) membership organization.

Governor Whitmer Proclaims May Community Action Month

May celebrates Community Action across the country. Community Action agencies were signed into law in 1964 under the Economic Opportunity Act under President Lyndon B. Johnson. In May 2019, State of Michigan Governor Whitmer proclaimed May Community Action Month throughout the state:

WHEREAS, Community Action Agencies were created when the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 was signed into law; and,

 

WHEREAS, for 52 years, community action has worked on behalf of limited-income Michigan residents by connecting with people and putting a face on poverty. By advocating on their behalf, community action seeks to make economic prosperity equal amongst everyone, driving those in difficult financial situations into the middle class and providing them with opportunity; and,

 

WHEREAS, community action builds and promotes economic stability as an essential aspect of enabling and enhancing stronger communities, which in turn promotes self-sufficiency, ensuring that all Americans are able to live comfortable and full life; and,

 

WHEREAS, community action has enhanced the lives of millions of people across America by providing essential life-changing services and opportunities, such as affordable housing, economic development, health care, energy assistance, natural disaster relief, and recovery; and,

 

WHEREAS, community action already serves 99 percent of counties in rural, suburban, and urban communities. It will take collective action to conquer poverty in our lifetime; and,

 

WHEREAS, community action will continue to implement innovative and cost-effective programs to improve the lives and living conditions of the impoverished, continue to provide support and opportunities for all citizens in need of assistance, and continue to be a major voice of reason in establishing welfare system reforms; and,

 

WHEREAS, we join with the Michigan Department of Health and Human services in our respect for the efforts of Community Action Agencies and recognize they have made significant contributions to individuals and families in Michigan;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 2019 as Community Action Month in Michigan.