Volunteers and staff with the Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency distribute food to hundreds of families during a food distribution drive-thru held in Benton Harbor in April.

BENTON HARBOR — The Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency has been given a $500,000 grant from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.

The MSHDA launched the Michigan Housing Opportunities Promoting Energy Efficiency (MI-HOPE) program, awarding $10 million to local governments and nonprofit organizations throughout the state for energy efficiency housing repairs and upgrades.