investments in

Reducing Homelessness

The following includes your investments in decreasing the amount of people experiencing homelessness in the Midlands in 2017-2018.

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housing first

For the past 12 years, United Way has led the Midlands Area Consortium for the Homeless (MACH), a continuum of care (CoC) coalition serving 13 counties. We also serve as the lead agency coordinating and submitting an annual HUD funding application and administering the community’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), a federally required internet-based client and bed management system for homeless and at-risk populations served by the CoC. The system supports more than 100 agency users that represent a mix of homeless housing, shelter and service providers. MACH has brought nearly $35 million in HUD resources to the continuum over the last 12 years.

In 2017-2018, 1,320 people were placed in housing through our supported programs, and 1,123 people were still stable in housing after six months. Nearly 500 units of affordable housing have been created or preserved since 2012. Additionally in 2017-2018, 2,630 people were provided shelter through other supported programs.


Alston Wilkes Society | Homeless Outreach and Connection | $75,000


Alston Wilkes Society | Housing for People in Crisis (HPIC) | $50,000


Edisto Habitat for Humanity | $15,000


Homeless No More | Family Shelter Emergency Shelter and Services | $70,000


Mission Lexington | School-Based Program | $70,000


Mental Illness Recovery Center, Inc. | Homeless Outreach, Supportive Housing, Behavioral Healthcare and Benefits Assistance | $250,000*


Transitions | End Homelessness | $250,000


Midlands Housing Trust Fund | $60,000


The Salvation Army, A Georgia Corporation | Housing Stabilization Program | $230,000

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youth homelessness

United Way created the Youth in Transition (YIT) Initiative to focus on young people, ages 17 to 24, who are homeless or vulnerable to homelessness. This includes youth transitioning out of foster care or juvenile or adult justice, runaway youth, unaccompanied youth or other youth who fall through the cracks in our system of care. In the fall of 2017, United Way released a Midlands Youth Plan detailing a comprehensive approach to ending youth homelessness. Over 50 partners participate in the initiative. In the last five years, these partners have added 32 new permanent and rapid re-housing units and 46 new shelter and transitional housing beds for youth.

Because of this initiative, 130 youth were placed in housing, and 54 were still stable in housing after six months.


Boys Farm | Impact 360 | $25,000


Boys Farm | Pathways to Independence | $35,000


Growing Home Southeast | Leaphart Place Supportive Housing | $35,000


Mental Illness Recovery Center, Inc. | Outreach and Drop-In for Unaccompanied Youth | $55,000


Palmetto Place Children’s Shelter | Unaccompanied Youth Program | $60,000


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Point-in-time Count

The Point-in-Time (PIT) count is an annual count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons in the last 10 days of January. During the PIT count, communities are required to identify whether a person is an individual, a member of a family unit or an unaccompanied youth. In addition, communities must identify if a person is chronically homeless, indicating long-time or repeated homelessness and the presence of a disability.

The 2018 PIT Count was almost unchanged from 2017 (1,200 people identified in 2017 and 1,205 identified in 2018). However, over the period from 2013 to 2018, there was an overall decrease of 40% of homeless individuals during the night of the count across MACH’s 13 counties, including a 45% decrease in Richland County.

A quick snapshot of MACH’s one-day 2018 results:

-1,205 people identified as experiencing homeless across the 14-counties
-200 individuals were unsheltered
-251 were families with children
-248 were chronically homeless individuals
-159 were veterans
-122 adults self-reported a serious mental illness


In 2016, I became homeless. I ended up at Transitions. And since I’ve been there, my life changed. Health care, food, transportation — everything I needed was right there. Now that I’m here, I just want to pour back into other young people what I got from there. I want to show that they also have a future, and I want to help them achieve their goals.
— JaQuan, Former Transitions Resident

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Flood Recovery

In October 2015, South Carolina experienced a “1,000-Year Flood.” Twenty-one inches of rain totaling 11 trillion gallons of water fell in the Midlands over a three-day period.

Immediate response to the disaster was extraordinary. Recovery is on-going and will be for some time. For over three years, the Midlands Flood Recovery Group engaged 50 volunteer groups to support recovery efforts in Richland and Lexington counties.

More than 200,000 volunteer hours were delivered in service to disaster response or disaster recovery and 255 homes have been repaired or rebuilt.

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