Homeless consortium marks 20th anniversary

03/17/2014 2:55 PM

03/17/2014 2:56 PM

United Way of the Midlands and Midlands Area Consortium for the Homeless will celebrate the consortium’s 20th anniversary of service and efforts to end homelessness Tuesday.

The brief program, set for 5 p.m. at City Art, 1224 Lincoln St., will highlight the success of individuals who have overcome homelessness through their determination, along with the support of the community.

MACH was formed in 1994 by a group of service providers in Richland County to respond to new opportunities for federal housing funds. Since then, the consortium has grown to include 14 counties and nearly 60 member agencies.

MACH has secured $16 million in federal resources for housing and services since 2006. In the past five years, member agencies have developed nearly 500 new units of permanent housing and last year helped house 1,113 people.

Eighty percent of the people in MACH’s longer-term units remain stably housed, according to officials.

“MACH continues to be an important facilitator in the conversation on homelessness. I’m proud of our 20 years of service and look forward to our future work ending homelessness in the Midlands,” said Lila Anna Sauls, chair of the MACH board of directors.

MACH’s 2013 annual report is available at www.midlandshomeless.com.

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