MMCAA offers heating assistance

As mid-Michigan families struggle with high unemployment and limited resources, Community Action has helped keep nearly 3,000 families warm with over $1.5 million in heat assistance during this program year.

Over the last year many families have experienced a variety of harsh circumstances that have resulted in the inability to keep up with the most basic of needs such as heat, shelter and food. Agencies such as Mid Michigan Community Action and the Department of Human Services have faced a dramatic increase in demand for services.

Even with a combination of federal, state, and local funding, not all families are able to be helped.

“There is so much need out there right now, and we are doing everything we can to help as many as possible, Sharon Wainman, Mid Michigan Community Action Outreach Services Director, said. “I am incredibly proud of our agency, staff, and communities for all the work that has gone into helping this many people.”

With the continued economic hardship and the issue that thousands of Michigan residents will lose their state cash assistance as of October, the need for assistance is expected to skyrocket.

“Many families will be losing their cash assistance, Wainman said. “That will have a major effect on their chances for survival. Not only will we see an increase in need for heat assistance, but other needs like food and shelter will also be on the rise.”

Those in need of assistance can find contact information for their local Mid Michigan Community Action office at Eligibility and availability apply to all agency programs.

Mid Michigan Community Action Agency is a non-profit, human services agency serving Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Mecosta, Midland and Osceola Counties since 1966.