Advocacy & Government Affairs

State and Federal Advocacy Agendas for 2019-20

MCA’s Legislative Committee has developed a state and a federal advocacy agenda to summarize the most critical issues facing the Community Action network in Michigan. These are designed to share with state and federal legislators and policymakers. PDF versions are below.  

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Policy Briefs

MCA posts policy briefs and other research on poverty, household energy, community development, and other topics of interest to the Community Action network, state and federal legislators, and members of the public.  Click here to see all briefs.

Federal Budget 

Community Action Agencies fight poverty with programs and services blended together to move families to self-sufficiency, to support vulnerable older adults and to promote community development. 

These include, but are not limited to:

  • Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)
  • Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
  • LIHEAP (Heating Assistance, Home Heating Credit, State Emergency Relief)
  • Weatherization Assistance Program
  • Affordable Housing (Section 4; HUD)
  • Senior Corps (Senior Companion, RSVP, Foster Grandparents)
  • Corporation for National and Community Services--AmeriCorps
  • OAA Title V Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)
  • Neighborhood Reinvestment Corp/NeighborWorks America
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)

Community Action Agencies employ nearly 5,000 people in Michigan and cuts to federal funding would reduce programs that empower self-sufficiency and encourage community economic development and volunteer service.