Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency (NEMSCA)


"Our mission at Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency, NEMCSA, is to provide quality programs and services to strengthen and enhance the self-sufficiency of individuals, families and communities through the best use of human and financial resources, focusing on those who are experiencing an economic hardship.

NEMSCA offers a variety of programs and services:

* The Commodity Supplemental Food Program is a monthly food program that provides nutritious well balanced foods to supplement the diet of those who qualify. The Commodity Supplemental Food Program is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture. Individuals must meet age and income requirements.

* Early Childhood Services: Early Head Start, Head Start and GSRP preschool programs

* The Emergency Food Assistance Program is a quarterly food distribution program. Surplus food is purchased by the United States Department of Agriculture and distributed to those in need. Must meet income requirements.

*The Foreclosure Services Program utilizes our Financial Coach to assist eligible homeowners who have delinquent mortgages and/or property taxes by helping them to understand the Michigan foreclosure process and to apply for state and local government programs, such as Step Forward Michigan, HAMP, and other programs. The Financial Coach will also work with servicers and lenders to come up with loan modifications and other in-house options for delinquent mortgages.

*The Heat and Utility Assistance Program provides financial assistance for deliverable fuels (propane, fuel oil, and firewood) and metered utilities (electricity and natural gas). Must meet certain qualifications.

* Michigan Enrolls provides education, outreach and enrollment to Medicaid recipients. Information is provided on the health plans that are available in the recipient's county of residence.

* Region 9 Area Agency on Aging - Key services include: nutrition programs, In-home services (through the County Commissions on Aging), MI Choice Waver Program (helps older individuals obtain skilled nursing care at home), Nursing Facility Transition Program (helps individuals transition out of a nursing home), and care management.

*The Rental Assistance Programs can provide case management services and financial assistance (Security Deposit, Rent, or Rent Arrearages) to homeless households and households at risk of homelessness.

*The Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency Inc.’s School Success Partnership Program (School Success) serves school-aged children and youth from Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade who are at-risk for academic failure. School Success began approximately two decades ago in response to community awareness that school failure was a complex, multi-faceted issue linked to chronic poverty, unemployment, juvenile delinquency, domestic violence, teen pregnancy, child abuse and neglect, and a lack of parent education.

* The Family Self-Sufficiency Program provides case management to participating families through a coordination of local, community-based resources that promote economic independence. The program goals are to help families maintain employment, become self-sufficient, move off assistance and move into home ownership. Through this process, participants work to increase their family income and lead to higher rent payments. In turn, the difference between rent amounts is deposited into an escrow account. Upon successful completion of the program, participants can use their escrow account funds for homeownership down payment assistance, debt relief, vehicle purchase or educational expenses.

* The Youth Individual Development Account (IDA) is a savings program specifically targeted at local high school seniors. There are two parts to the Youth IDA program, the first being financial literacy classes. All seniors will participate in these classes throughout the school year. Our hope is that by educating the students before they leave high school, they will be better prepared to make financial decisions as they become adults. This is the first year for the program, and NEMCSA is very excited to make it successful, and hopes that this program is able to be spread across our service area and impact more students.

*Our volunteer programs provide service opportunities for seniors age 55 and better by connecting with the people and organizations that need you most. We offer three Senior Volunteer Programs: Foster Grandparent Volunteer Program, Senior Companion Volunteer Program, Retired Senior Volunteer Program

*The Weatherization Assistance Program can help you save money on your energy bills. An audit is conducted on your home to determine cost effective measures such as adding insulation, air sealing around windows and doors, duct sealing, and performing a furnace clean & tune among others. A contractor will come out to complete the work. A final inspection will be completed to verify installation of appropriate measures."

Contact Information


Address: 2375 Gordon Road Alpena, MI 49707

Phone: 989-356-3474


Service Information

Service Areas: Adult and Aging Services, Adult Day/ In-Home Services, Other Senior Services, Rent/ Utilities Assistance, Home Repair, Affordable Housing Assistance, Early Ed/ Preschool, Adult Ed/ Continuing Education, Senior Meals, Other Food Assistance, Other Children and Teen Programs, Emergency and Disaster Services, State of Michigan (Government Services), Parent Support

Eligibility Criteria: Contact the agency directly or visit their website for detailed eligibility requirements for each program.