SMCAA Programs

Emergency Assistance includes emergency payments for past due electric/gas and rent to prevent disconnection or eviction and rental assistance.

Food Assistance includes food pantries and commodity food for qualified individuals and families at sites throughout the tri-county area.

Temporary Shelter for single women and families in Van Buren and Cass Counties.

Housing Assessment and Resource Agency - SMCAA is the HARA for a coordinated system of delivery for homeless and housing services in Van Buren County.  This includes prevention and rapid rehousing.

Housing Support includes Permanent Supportive Housing and supportive service coordination for eligible clients.


Client Development & Education​includes group and one-on-one activities that help individuals repair bad credit, build savings, and prepare for homeownership.

Family Self-Sufficiency provides for coordination of local, community-based resources that promote economic independence for families living in assisted housing.

Home Weatherization & Energy Education includes installation of energy efficient devices, information and education to help reduce energy use for qualified individuals and families.


Housing Development includes home rehabilitation, and emergency repairs for qualified individuals and families: Home Acquisition, Development and Resale (ADR).

WAP News Release April 24, 2020

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.

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:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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