Advocacy & Government Affairs

Housing Rally

Current Focus Areas

Our current advocacy agenda can be found by clicking on the pages below.

2017 Legislative Issues Page 1   2017 Legislative Issues Page 2

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 Alert!

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. The President's budget proposes dramatic cuts to, or elimination of programs frequently operated by Community Action Agencies in Michigan or resources leveraged to help low income families.

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

Community Action Agencies employ over 4,748 people in Michigan and cuts to federal funding will reduce employment and devastate rural areas where few private resources are available to help the poor. Community Action Agencies focus on programs that empower self-sufficiency and encourage community economic development and volunteer service.

Governor's Proclamations

2017 Community Action Month

2017 Community Action Month