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MACH 2020 ESG Certification Checklist

Eligibility to Receive Certification – Agency must comply with all to request certification

  • 2020 MACH Member

  • Attended at least one MACH meeting in last six months (including local chapters)

  • Participates in HMIS (unless serving domestic violence survivors)

  • Participates in Coordinated Entry System

If your agency does not meet the requirements you will not be eligible for ESG certification. Please reach out to Vicki Rouse, vrouse@uway.org to learn how to become more involved with MACH.  Thank you.

Information to submit by March 18, 2020:

  1. Name of agency: 

  2. Contact name, phone, and email: 

  3. Geographic area served:

  4. If you need certification from City of Columbia (UWM processes City of Columbia requests for certification – DO NOT contact the City separately): 

  5. Numbers to be served:  

  6. A brief description of what ESG will support (a couple sentences only): 

  7. Budget according to OEO’s eligible categories (example – street outreach, homeless prevention, emergency shelter): 

  8. Source of match and match amount: 


NOTE – OEO changed its endorsement process. MACH will submit a single listing of MACH applicants endorsed rather than individual endorsement letters. MACH will email the full endorsement listing to applicants prior to the deadline.


Please return the completed information to Vicki Rouse at vrouse@uway.org.


MACH, in partnership with United Way of the Midlands, is pleased to release reports to better understand the experience of homelessness in the Midlands and plan for our future work. 



General MACH Meeting

March 20, 2020 Meeting CANCELLED

Missed the last MACH or Mini-MACH meeting?

No worries - you can watch the recordings on our Facebook Page!

Aiken's Local Chapter Meeting

Friday, March 27, 2020  Meeting CANCELLED

St. Teresa Hall 125 Union St. SE in Aiken (behind Aiken Train Museum)

Catawba Area Local Chapter 

Meeting dates posted at www.SCCACH.org

Upcoming Meetings!


About Us

The Midlands Area Consortium for the Homeless (known as ‘MACH') was formed in the early 1990’s as a grassroots organization to advocate for funding to address homelessness. Through collaboration, MACH has grown to include over 50 partner members throughout 13 counties in the Midlands. For more than 20 years, MACH has been helping individuals obtain stable housing and employment and education necessary to become self-sufficient.

Members and Leadership Information 



If you or someone you know needs help, please contact a Midlands Access Point or 2-1-1 24/7 for screening and referrals to resources.



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A Thank You...

I simply cannot thank you and Transitions enough for all your help. Without you and your organization quite frankly I would have totally given up on life. I was at this point a couple weeks ago. I did not want to struggle another day just to keep warm. I simply could not have come up with a deposit and first month rent while spending all my income monthly to stay at a local state park each night, in addition to transportation, storage and groceries until I could find a pet friendly affordable apartment.

The apartment you helped me find and afford is perfect. Quiet, scenic, safe, clean, good area, central air, and pet friendly for my cat Cookie who is my only family here! I even got a bonus, a washer and dryer that was left by the previous tennant! I have been doing laundry all day since it has been months since I have been able to.

This is the first time I have felt safe, had heat, and had hot water in two years!

Thank you again,

Terri and Cookie 

Submitted by Transitions Homeless Center 

Michael's Story

I first met ‘Michael’ when he sleeping on the streets in downtown Columbia. Michael had a long-term history of homelessness due to a diagnosis of Bipolar disorder with psychotic features, and he struggled with near-constant auditory hallucinations. After losing his job following a six-month hospitalization, his life began to spiral out of control leading to the end of his marriage, separation from his son, and the beginning of his long period of homelessness in the late 1990s.
Within six months of engagement with street outreach workers, Michael entered MIRCI services and moved into an apartment (his first place of his own in 10 years!) and in less than 40 days was approved for SSI benefits and Medicaid using the SOAR model. Now there is one less individual sleeping on a park bench at night, or waiting in the early morning for the library to open to seek solace from the weather outside. The next time you drive through downtown Columbia and see human beings lined outside the local soup kitchen, remember that many of them have similar stories to Michael. They are waiting for the help they need and deserve.

Submitted by Mental Illness Recovery Center Inc.

Mary's Story

‘Mary’ was staying in a run-down trailer in the woods with no electricity or running water. She had no family left and thought she would have to spend the rest of her days in the woods. Then one day everything changed. Emergency Services picked up Mary and brought her to Transitions. With the help of Transitions and our various service providers, Mary is now living in her own apartment. She’s excited to meet new friends her age, join a Bingo group, and explore Columbia. Mary says: “Now, I never have to go back to those woods ever again.” Mary was an inspiration to everyone at Transitions and has showed us dreams really can come true.


Submitted by Transitions Homeless Center


For any inquiries, questions or commendations, please fill out the following form.

United Way of the Midlands

MACH's Lead Agency

1818 Blanding Street

Columbia, SC 29201



© 2017 Midlands Area Consortium for the Homeless. 

1818 Blanding Street, Columbia SC 29201 803.733.5400

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