In 1996, the City of Montgomery appointed 20 organizational representatives to form the Montgomery Area Coalition for the Homeless. Those 20 representatives were associated with agencies that provided health/mental health/social services in the community. The purpose of this unincorporated group was to provide the necessary community assessment, coordination and planning related to homelessness in order to make the community agencies eligible for homeless continuum of care funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The members of the Coalition met monthly to discuss issues related to homelessness in the Montgomery area, resulting in the award of the first HUD homeless continuum of care grant in 1997 subsequent to the formation of the organization.
Between 1996 and 2001, the Coalition operated as an unincorporated organization. During this period of time, the community interest in homelessness was growing and the membership was expanding to include business, religious, government, health, legal and homeless community representatives.
On December 20, 2001, the Montgomery Area Coalition for the Homeless, Inc. was incorporated as an Alabama nonprofit corporation eligible for tax exemption as an IRS 501(c)3 charitable nonprofit organization. In 2003, the organization officially expanded its activities to include Montgomery, Elmore, Lowndes and Bullock counties. Autauga County was added in 2009. As a result of this expansion, MACH began doing business as the Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless on December 9, 2003.
From 2001 to 2006, the members of the Board of Directors were 30 of the organizational representatives and supportive members. As a result of a consultation session provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, it was decided by the membership that a smaller Board of Directors was needed for the governance of the organization, and on January 26, 2006, MACH elected a thirteen member Board of Directors to govern the organization. The Board was expanded to sixteen members in January 2011.
The Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless serves as a vehicle to secure HUD funding and provides support to and resources for organizations that provide services for the homeless in the River Region.
The vision of the Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless is to be the leader in our community’s effort to plan, coordinate, and develop resources with the goal of ending homelessness.