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100,000 Homes in the Times

Sometime in June, the 100,000 Homes Campaign — an initiative launched four years ago to help communities around the country place 100,000 chronically homeless people into permanent supportive housing — expects to announce that it has reached its goal…

The campaign … has helped to shift the way homeless organizations and agencies around the country set goals, measure progress, prioritize individuals and coordinate their efforts to house people living on the streets.

– from The Push to End Chronic Homelessness Is Working by David Bornstein

Congratulations to Community Solutions, the national 100,000 Homes Campaign, and all the local campaigns (including our own here in KC!) on nearly reaching the campaign’s goal, and on another high-profile media piece!

What’s next for the local campaign?

  • Integrating our housing placement team and outreach team meetings into the emerging Greater Kansas City coordinated housing system
  • Determining local interest in Community Solutions’ next project, Zero: 2016
  • Continue providing and improving permanent housing options for people experiencing homelessness in KC!

You can get involved, especially if you are a permanent housing or rapid re-housing provider, whether you use MAACLink or not; if you’re interested, would you contact us?

A Community-Wide Data-Sharing Holiday

As holiday assistance is underway for many of the social service agencies here in Kansas City, we are reminded of the benefits of community-wide data-sharing offered by MAACLink. 

Christmas Lady

Since MAACLink KC is a shared database, every agency that uses the system is able to see and work with the same information that other agencies in the community are using. This is extremely beneficial especially when agencies are working with limited resources and looking to do the most they can with what they have.  In Kansas City many of the agencies that provide holiday assistance enter those services into MAACLink KC.  Once a client goes to an agency and signs up for holiday assistance, that agency will generally enter it as a service in MAACLink KC.  If that same client goes to another agency the second agency will be able to see the holiday assistance that was provided at the first agency.  The second agency can then use this information to decide whether or not they want to provide additional holiday assistance to that client.

At MAAC we call this method “preventing duplication of services,” and it is one of the great benefits of community-wide data-sharing.  Since MAACLink is a shared database, the entire social service community can see the assistance being provided to each client by any number of other social service providers.  This is helpful not only when qualifying a client for holiday assistance but also in providing more well-rounded case management and other forms of financial assistance that may have restrictions on how often agencies can assist any given household.

If you think your community might be interested in exploring how MAACLink could help you better serve those in need please contact us.  We would love to come and meet with the social service agencies in your area and see how MAACLink can work for you!

If you are in the Kansas City area and looking for Christmas assistance please visit United Way of Greater Kansas City to find your local social service agency.