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Current Initiatives

10 Year Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness

Originally unveiled in October 2008, MACCH's 10 Year Plan contains measurable and data-driven objectives that will guide our community in preventing and ending homelessness. Updated most recently in July 2014 
to ensure compliance with "Opening Doors: The Federal Strategic Plan 
to Prevent and End Homelessness," MACCH's 10 Year Plan now 
contains the four overarching goals:

  • End veteran homelessness
  • End child, family, and youth homelessness
  • Set a path to reducing overall homelessness

The MACCH 10-Year Plan can be found in its entirety here:
"Opening Doors: MACCH 10-Year Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness"

​An overview of MACCH 10-Year Plan objectives and timeline can be found here:
MACCH 10-Year Plan Timeline and Objectives

Built for Zero

In support of its 10 Year Plan goals of ending chronic homelessness and veteran homelessness, MACCH was competitively selected as a participant in the national Built for Zero Campaign. The campaign aims to create a "national tipping point to prove that success is possible, ultimately motivating all communities to end chronic and veteran homelessness." 

Standards of Administration of Assistance

MACCH developed mandated, Continuum-wide Standards of Administration of Assistance in 2017.  These Standards are reviewed annually and updated according to CoC programming changes, best practices, and current initiatives.

Coordinated Entry

In response to a federal mandate, MACCH is implementing a common, coordinated, and community-wide process of assessment, referral, and housing placement for all homeless individuals and families. The Omaha/Council Bluffs community is implementing a "decentralized" system, with several "access points" available across our continuum, ensuring every homeless consumer receives the same assessment at every provider site. By utilizing a By-Name List (BNL), MACCH determines referrals for permanent housing resources available in the community.

Resources for MACCH's local Coordinated Entry System implementation are listed here:
    - HUD Coordinated Entry Notice - Issued 1/23/17
    - HUD Coordinated Entry Self-Assessment
    - HUD Coordinated Entry Guidebook
    - MACCH Supportive Housing Wait List & Prioritization Policy - FINAL 2/27/17
    - MACCH Nondiscrimination and Appeals Policy - FINAL 6/28/17
    - MACCH Contact Attempts Procedures - FINAL 6/21/17
    - MACCH Assessment and Reassessment Procedures - FINAL 7/12/17


MACCH's work and success is made possible by its task forces and work groups, each of which meets regularly and consists of key community stakeholders. MACCH's current initiative groups are as follows:

  • Performance Management Task Force 
  • Diversified Housing Task Force
  • Youth Task Force
  • Coordinated Entry Work Group
  • Case Conferencing Work Group 
  • Outreach Work Group
  • Provider Council (advisory body to the MACCH Board)

For more information please see MACCH Task Forces and Initiative Groups

In addition to the initiative groups mentioned above, MACCH convenes a monthly General Membership Meeting for purpose of member agency discussions and review of current initiatives.  General Membership meetings occur monthly on the 2nd Wednesday, from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the UNO Community Engagement Center.


Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)

MACCH annually serves as the Collaborative Applicant for purpose of HUD Continuum of Care funding. In this role, MACCH procures more than $4.6 million on behalf of nearly 20 local homeless assistance projects, thereby increasing permanent housing opportunities in our community. 

MACCH has implemented a CoC NOFA Appeals Policy and Procedure for purpose of resolving local scoring and ranking disputes. You may view MACCH's Town Hall 2017 CoC NOFA Presentation here


All local agencies receiving homeless assistance funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are mandated to utilize a shared, community-wide electronic database called the Homeless Management Information System, or HMIS. This federal mandate exists for all agency categories except victim service providers. That provider category is HMIS-exempt per the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and victim services providers therefore use a non-HMIS comparable database for purpose of reporting program outcomes. In 2016, MACCH is embarking on the first year of tracking system-wide performance data, as mandated by HUD. Information regarding HUD's system performance measures can be found here and by viewing the adjacent video.

Nebraska's selected HMIS vendor is ServicePoint of Bowman, LLC. MACCH's lead HMIS agency, responsible for system oversight and administration, is the Institute for Community Alliances. Click here to submit an HMIS data request. 

HMIS allows MACCH to track and monitor overall number of consumers served, program outcomes, and permanent housing placement rates at both system and community levels. This allows MACCH to offer support, quality improvement, and technical assistance to local housing and homeless nonprofit service providers. This use of data is key to MACCH's ongoing objective of preventing and ending homelessness for all individuals and families. 

For national data and resources, please visit the National Homeless Information Project (NHIP)


Point in Time Count
The Point-In-Time (PIT) count is a single-night count of homeless persons in MACCH's geographical area (Douglas, Sarpy, and Pottawattamie Counties). The PIT Count allows communities to gain a snapshot of local homelessness "on any given night". Required by the federal government, the PIT Count must be completed annually during the last 10 days of January. Recent MACCH PIT data is as follows:

2013 Point-In-Time Count

2014 Point-In-Time Count Summary
2014 Point-In-Time Subpopulations Data

2015 Point-In-Time Count Summary
2015 Point-In-Time Subpopulations Data
2015 Youth Point-In-Time Count

2016 Point-In-Time Count Summary
2016 Point-In-Time Subpopulations Data
2016 Youth Point-In-Time Count
2016 Veteran Point-In-Time Count​

2017 Point-In-Time Count Summary
2017 Point-In-Time Subpopulations Data
2017 Youth Point-In-Time Count
2017 Veteran Point-In-Time Count

Housing Inventory Chart
The Housing Inventory Chart (HIC) is an inventory of all beds dedicated to the homeless in MACCH's geographical area (Douglas, Sarpy, and Pottawattamie Counties). The HIC allows MACCH to analyze local bed resources and identify service gaps based on homeless data procured through the Point-In-Time Count and annual service data. Recent MACCH HIC data is as follows:

2013 Housing Inventory Chart

2014 Housing Inventory Chart

2015 Housing Inventory Chart

2016 Housing Inventory Chart

2017 Housing Inventory Chart

Task Forces and Work Groups
Federal Funding