Focus Areas


Community Action Agencies serve every county in Michigan, helping people and changing lives by working to lift residents out of poverty through emergency assistance and long-term solutions. These non-profit programs are funded by federal, state and local governments, combined with private donations. Each agency tailors programs to its unique community, engaging and empowering people who are in need of help. Services include:

Supporting Community Development

Along with providing free non-profit services to help Michiganders, Community Action Agencies are economic engines that drive sustainable development within their communities.


Nurturing the minds of individuals in all stages of life, from children ages zero to five through the Great Start Readiness Program, Early Head Start and Head Start, and adults through literacy programs, counseling and job training.

Emergency Needs

To meet urgent needs, Community Action Agencies strive to provide hope and direct assistance to our neighbors who experience emergencies as quickly as possible.

Energy and Weatherization

Reducing utility bills and keeping families warm through in-home energy efficiency improvements, household repair and heating assistance.

Financial Security

Making tomorrow more secure through budget counseling, savings programs, tax preparation and more.

Food and Nutrition

Meeting the first basic need through emergency food, commodity food, food pantries and summer lunch programs.


Providing stability through affordable housing, homelessness prevention, foreclosure relief and homebuyer education.

Supporting Older Adults and People with Disabilities

Preserving independence and dignity by providing minor home repair, home delivered meals, in-home care and other support.

Supporting Veterans

Community Action Agencies in Michigan operate in partnership with Veterans Affairs with an aim to end homelessness among veterans.

Services Provided by Members

To see a list of services by agency, click here.