MECOSTA, OSCEOLA -- Mid Michigan Community Action Agency (Mid Michigan CAA), is expanding services to low-income individuals and families in Bay, Clare, Gladwin, Mecosta, Midland, and Osceola counties, with programs aimed at giving households a hand up toward self-sufficiency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Services will initially include housing stability support, food assistance, and critical needs assistance.

Eligible households may receive help with past-due mortgage payments, late property taxes, food vouchers, water shut-offs, and other household emergencies.

The goal is to help alleviate a household crisis while also identifying a path toward self-sufficiency.

"We are eager to begin offering critical services during an unprecedented crisis. We are looking forward to working with our community partner organizations to help meet the needs of low-income households," said Executive Director Jill Sutton.

To speak with staff about assistance available, email us at contact us@mmcaa.org or call the office nearest you: Bay City, (989) 894-9060; Big Rapids, (231) 660-0271; Farwell, (989) 386-3805; Gladwin, (989) 426-2801; Midland, (989) 832-7377; and Reed City, (231) 791-7078.

Due to ongoing social distancing measures appointments may be taken over the phone.

"For now, we will provide most services remotely. It's a challenging time, but we feel strongly that making services available as soon as we can will help local residents toward recovery from the pandemic challenges," Sutton said.

Mid Michigan CAA is a non-profit that has been serving central Michigan communities since 1966.

The organization's mission is to guide local residents on the path to self-sufficiency through empowerment, education and community enrichment.

For more information about our organization, visit our website at mmcaa.org.