HOW MAAP SUPPORTS OUR COMMUNITY: MATERIAL AID
Annually MAAP serves 2,000 individuals who are low-income or extremely low-income, and who are experiencing homeless, are housing insecure, or living in persistent poverty. MAAP meets unmet basic needs by providing free material aid:
Gently-used seasonally-appropriate clothing, shoes, and accessories;
Hygiene Kits (toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, deodorant, razors etc)
Feminine Hygiene Kits (tampons, sanitary pads, wipes);
Survival supplies (sleeping bags, yoga mats, camping packs, flashlights);
Small household goods (bedding, towels, cooking supplies, dishware);
Student supplies (at the beginning of the school year we provide students of all ages with backpacks and school supplies).
This material aid is essential to those trying to clothe themselves and meet their hygienic needs for daily life, on the streets or in shelters, at work or school, and for opportunities such as job interviews.
Household goods help those moving into Single Room Occupancy Units or apartments; this is important because most furniture banks are outside the city and not accessible to people without transportation.
Setup like a store, recipients “shop” independently allowing them to choose items that both meet their needs and suit their taste. Recipients are welcome to a week’s worth of clothing and are able to access MAAP four times a year, or more frequently if their situation changes or they have an emergency. MAAP’s Executive Director and volunteers are available to provide participants with as much or as little assistance as they choose.
HOW MAAP SUPPORTS OUR COMMUNITY: RESOURCE GUIDES
As important, MAAP assists recipients in meeting their broader needs by providing our up-to -date printed Resource Guides. The Guides include all the information necessary for individuals to access shelters, food pantries, community meals, employment assistance, and more. These guides are free and readily available. Recipients do not need to meet with a caseworker to obtain information, reducing barriers to access of services and enabling individuals to seek support independently. In the future we will be offering these resources guides electronically as well.
HOW MAAP SUPPORTS OUR COMMUNITY: ADVOCACY
MAAP advocates alongside and on behalf of those we serve, both recipients of MAAP’s services and the broader community of people who are experiencing homelessness or living in poverty. MAAP works with a broad coalition of community members living in poverty, partner organizations, community groups, religious institutions, and concerned citizens to support leadership by and amplify the voices of homeless and low-income community members.
Our advocacy occurs on multiple levels. We work with individuals to meet their immediate short-term and long-term needs. We also educate while advocating for systemic solutions to address the root causes of homelessness, poverty, and inequality. MAAP has and continues to educate for: improved shelter conditions, increased funding for low-income housing and housing first initiatives, methods of upstream homelessness prevention, affordable housing preservation, and increased harm reduction and treatment services for community members in poverty with opioid use disorder.
It is our goal for community members to gain a deeper understanding of the interconnected systemic issues that are both a cause and product of poverty and homelessness. Our desired results include reducing the stigmatization of community members living in poverty, developing strong, inclusive communities, and increased collaborative organizing for meaningful solutions that create lasting systemic change while uplifting the voices of our most vulnerable neighbors.