To strengthen the Social Service Community through Information Systems, Training, and Advocacy
Mid America Assistance Coalition, a non-profit corporation is a national model for effective coordination of emergency assistance organizations and homeless service providers. Its role is to make a complex social service system as efficient and accessible as possible. With the help of the community, this is done by applying creative ideas and technology to find solutions to community needs.
Mid America Assistance Coalition (MAAC) was created on October 1, 1985 when the Emergency Assistance Coalition merged with the Warmth and Light Coalition and formally changed its name to Mid America Assistance Coalition.
The Emergency Assistance Coalition was founded in October 1979 “to serve as a coordinating center of services, to serve as a referral service for, and to serve as the information and education arm for two hundred assistance agencies in the Jackson, Clay and Platte County areas.” The Warmth and Light Coalition was established in January 1985 “to solicit, collect and distribute funds, assets, objects, articles and equipment of every kind for assistance to needy or indigent individuals in securing heat and light.” These two entities merged in October 1985 and at that time the surviving entity, the Emergency Assistance Coalition, changed its name to Mid America Assistance Coalition.
Our founding members recognized the need for a coordinated, streamlined approach to addressing the multiple needs of low-income area residents. As early as 1990 MAAC began to utilize new computer technology to enhance data gathering, storage and reporting. In 1994 MAAC began its Project Link data program which was renamed MAACLink in 1998. In 1999 MAAC was asked by the homeless service agencies in the Kansas City area to expand its data collection to meet the federal Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) reporting requirements of agencies receiving U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funding. This funding has grown over the years to more than $10 million in the Kansas City Region Continua of Care (CoCs); Jackson County in MO and Johnson and Wyandotte Counties in KS.