UPDATE: In alignment with the State of Emergency to contain COVID-19, SMCAA will CLOSE all physical spaces to the public effective close-of-business Monday, March 16th. We are working in a virtual and paper format to ensure that essential services remain available to meet our community's basic needs. Contact numbers are still the same. Food referrals are going through 2-1-1.
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 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
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.
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.