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March 2017 – Benzie County Community Chest Grant Awarded

The Home Repair Program has received a $7,500 grant to provide emergency home repairs to low-income homeowners in Benzie County! We are extremely grateful to the Benzie County Community Chest Grant Committee and donors for their generosity. To request an application for assistance, please contact Kelsey Hyde via email or at the Traverse City office at (231) 346-2131.

January 2017 - Cherryland Cares Grant Awarded

The Home Repair Program has received a $5,000 grant to provide emergency home repairs to low-income homeowners in Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau and Wexford Counties! Veterans and their families as well as Cherryland Electric customers are being given preference to receive these repairs, however anyone residing in the targeted counties with an emergency repair concern are welcome to apply!

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Cherryland Electric Cooperative for making this available and its members for contributing towards this program by rounding up their bills each month to the nearest whole dollar amount. To request an application for assistance, please contact Kelsey Hyde via email or at the Traverse City office at (231)346-2131.

Homeless Awareness Week, Nov. 12-20, 2016

The well-known visual cues of homelessness are not often on display in Northern Michigan, but human service providers say the issue affects hundreds of people yearly in the region.  Read more.

NMCAA Celebrates NeighborWorks Week, Hosts Community Cleanup

A street clean-up, community yard sale and a  lot of fun.  It was all part of celebrating NeighborWorks Week in Traverse City.  Via 9 & 10 News.

NMCAA Hosts Community Planting and Picnic Event

The Petoskey office hosted a flower planting event to beautify a future home site at 36 Bridge Street in Petoskey.  9 & 10 News Coverage.

Two New Matched Savings Programs

NMCAA received a grant to help people open two types of savings accounts - one for adults and one for kids.

April 2016 Money Smart Week offered a variety of workshops

The National Money Smart Week initiative aims to educate the public about cash, debt, and credit.  The Record Eagle report.

Road Bill Could Eliminate Earned Income Tax Credits

6/11/2015 - Mike Macek and Karen Emerson discuss the earned income tax credits and how it affects low-income families with TV 9 & 10 News.  

GTOC Spring Trunk Sale Awards $975

Grand Traverse Ophthalmology Clinic held a trunk sale on May 7, 2015.  As one of the nonprofit agencies benefiting from these sales, we received $975.

December 2014 - Campbell Fund Endowment Supports the AmeriCorps Program

On December 18, 2014, Northwest Michigan Community Action received $3,500 from the Campbell Fund Endowment in support of our AmeriCorps program. The Endowment was created in 1996 by donors with a wish to support basic needs for the people of our communities. An original gift of $1 million has supported more than 150 grant awards to the tune of $850,000+ for local organizations… and that original gift amount remains and will continue to provide the support for grants for generations to come. Grant awards support programs that address basic, immediate and critical needs in the areas of:

• Food
• Health Care
• Housing
• Childcare

Program operational needs are considered and collaborative projects, where grant dollars can be maximized and serve as many people as possible are encouraged. NMCAA works with the Michigan’s Campaign to End Homelessness (CTEH) AmeriCorps Program to increase our capacity to offer assistance to homeless and at-risk individuals and families. Specifically, the AmeriCorps members in the CTEH program will provide services that will increase an individual’s self-sufficiency in the area of income and life skills. Thank you Campbell Fund Endowment and the Grand Traverse Community Foundation for assisting NMCAA in their work.

June 2014 - National Homeownership Month 

Homebuyer Education Workshops are provided on a monthly basis in each of the three offices.  As an employee of the agency, attendee of a two-night homebuyer education workshop, and recent a first-time homebuyer, Carrie tells her story.

April 2014 - Cherryland Cares Grant Awarded

The Home Repair Program has received a $4,000 grant to provide emergency home repairs to low-income homeowners in Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau and Wexford Counties.  NMCAA would like to thank Cherryland Electric Cooperative for making this available and its members for contributing towards this program by rounding up their bills each month.  To request an application for assistance, contact Leslie at the Traverse City office.  (800) 632-7334 or (231) 947-3780

September 11, 2013 Day of Service:  Bringing it Full-Circle

Katharine Zurek is a VISTA at NMCAA in Traverse City.  She shares her September 11 Day of Service Story highlighting what it meant to her to volunteer for the United Way annual "Day of Caring".  This lovely story features her sister Julia who was paired up with her to help the Traverse Area Recreation & Transportation Trail (TART Trails). 

August 2013 - Voices of AmeriCorps:  Amanda Crissinger

Voices of AmeriCorps is a guest blog series that describes Michigan Foreclosure Prevention Corps member experiences. Amanda shares her story on the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM) Blog. 

July 2013 - Michigan Foreclosure Prevention Corps Selects Hosts Sites

The Michigan Foreclosure Prevention Corps (MFPC) is pleased to announce the 2013-2014 program year host sites.  NMCAA is one of 17 organizations selected as a Host for two Foreclosure AmeriCorps Members.  MFPC members work on a variety of foreclosure prevention and intervention activities and help provide intake and triage services for at-risk homeowners.  Click to view the press release.

March 2013 - NMCAA Receives Cherryland Cares Grant

The Housing Improvement Program has received the Cherryland Cares Grant to assist low-income homeowners in Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau and Wexford Counties home repairs.  This $5000 donation was made available by Cherry Electric and its members who contribute by rounding up their bills each month.  Contact Leslie or Cathy at the Traverse City office to request assistance.

February 2013 - NMCAA, a chartered member of NeighborWorks®

Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency, Inc. (NMCAA) is proud to announce that it has been named a chartered member of NeighborWorks®, a nationwide network of more than 240 trained and certified community development organizations at work in nearly 4,000 communities across America! Working in partnership with others, NeighborWorks organizations are leaders in revitalizing communities and creating affordable housing opportunities for low-and-moderate-income families.

Homeless Prevention in the News

MI News 26 reports on the different types and causes of homelessness in northern Michigan. In addition, NMCAA discusses the many programs and resources offered throughout the community to assist people. MI News 26 talks to Rosette Behl, Homeless Prevention Specialist in Cadillac. View the news clip by clicking here.

 

2010 Housing Counseling Agency of the Year

NMCAA Receives "2010 Housing Counseling Agency of the Year" Award

Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency (NMCAA) was named the 2010 Housing Counseling Agency of the Year by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.  This award highlights the comprehensive housing counseling program for first-time homebuyers, Earned Income Tax Credit education and preparation, and Individual Development Accounts, in addtion to the agency's participation in National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding and the administration of a 5 county Community Development Block Grant programs for home repairs, along with many more programs.

Through the 36 year history, NMCAA has been dedicated to the improvement and self-sufficiency of families.  This is accomplished by assisting residents to solve community problems as well as meet their individual needs through case management counseling, advocacy, group participation, and service provision.  This award embodies the hard work and didication of a quality staff and program.

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