In The News

January 2021

SMCAA is proud to announce a donation of more than $8,000 from Indiana Michigan Power (I&M).
The money will help The SMCAA address hunger issues in Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties. Last year, our organization served more than 22,000 families and this donation will help further extend our helping hand in the Southwest Michigan community.

February 2020

The rare journey all the way from the front desk to the executive suite is a rewarding one for those who accomplish the feat, and now a 23-year veteran employee of the Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency has garnered a promotion to the very top of the organization years after beginning at the front desk.

May 2019

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

March 2018

Gov. Rick Snyder today declared a state of disaster and opened the Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund to local governments in 17 counties and two cities after heavy rainfall and snow melt resulted in widespread flooding damage.

March 2018

Qualified Benton Harbor homeowners whose houses need repair will soon be able to apply for help through the Benton Harbor Home Rehabilitation Loan Program. 

Applications will start being accepted at informational meetings at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. March 27 at the Benton Harbor Library, 213 E. Wall St., said Stephanie Scott-Sims, director of community and economic development for the city.

October 2017

At the start of another cold week in Michigan, Sharon Townes is welcoming strangers into her home while plastic sheeting covers her living room floor. 

A dozen or so of these strangers are poking holes and ripping out insulation for Townes, who hasn't been able to work in five years because of a disability.

Contact Information

185 E Main St, Ste 303

Benton Harbor, MI 49022

(269) 925-9077

Office Hours

Monday - Friday

8:00am to 4:30pm

Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency

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.

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