Stable housing in times of transition.
Partnering with social service agencies to provide stable housing to those in need.
What We Do
Our mission is simple: We believe that stable housing is an essential element to rebuild a life. Without an address, it is hard to get a job. It is hard to enroll your children in school. It is hard to focus on other areas of your life, because you are wondering where you will sleep at night.
Our model is simple: MAC House does not provide direct social services to people. We rely on experts to do that. Instead, we leverage resources to purchase properties that, in partnership with social services agencies, can be used by families who are receiving support from the social service agency but needs the safety and stability of a home.
Victims of Domestic Violence taking the next step
MAC House runs 4 houses in conjunction with Safe Harbor, a domestic violence shelter in Sheboygan, WI. As women and their families transition out of the crisis associated with leaving a domestic violence situation, they transition from the shelter into a home. As of January 2016, MAC House has provided more than 40,000 nights of stable housing for XX families. On average, the families stay for between 18 months and 2 years. Rent and utilities are paid for on a sliding scale basis, based on what the family is able to afford as the women find work. Safe Harbor provides ongoing support to the families when they live in the MAC House. For more information about MAC House Safe Harbor, please visit http://www.sheboygansafeharbor.org.
Lawndale Legal Christian Center: Chicago, IL
Youth involved with the court system engaging in employment
Beginning Fall 2015, MAC House established a partnership with the Lawndale Christian Legal Center (LCLC) to develop an innovative program that will provide integrated transitional housing services and job training programs for young men in North Lawndale, ages 18-24, who have come through the criminal justice system. Participants will receive a customized offering of hard skill, trades-related training designed to help them successfully begin the IUOE, Local 150 “earn while you learn” union apprenticeship program. MAC House will provide supportive residential programming that includes case management, life skills training, financial literacy, and mental health counseling from LCLC. As part of the training for union membership, the youth involved in the MAC House project are involved in rehabbing homes that will become additional MAC House sites to be used as the program grows. The partnership between MAC House, LCLC and Local 150 has grown to include Calvary Memorial Church (providing mentoring and life skills to the youth), Mercy Homes, Safer Foundation, and St. Leonard’s Ministries. For more information about the overall project, please visit http://lclc.net/programs/machouse.
Who is MAC House?
What is the “MAC” in MAC House?: MAC House was named after Mark Allen Connelly, the brother of the MAC House founder. It is a tribute to Mark, who was known to always have an open door and a warm meal for both friends and all other people around him. Mark’s life ended serving as a US Medical Officer in Iraq.
Jack likes to help people.
Maggie gets it done.
How can you help?
Donate time, money, furniture.
We can always use a helping hand.
As MAC House grows, we look for people who want to help us find new partners, keep our properties in good shape, and support our overall mission. If you are interested in helping, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Financial support helps us help our tenants.
All donations are used to support the MAC House Project. MAC House is a 501C(3), All charitable donations are tax deductible. Cash donations are primarily used for the purchase and upkeep of the houses.
Providing furnishing for our homes.
Furniture, toys and household goods are also wonderful donations that turn a house into a home for the people who come to live in a property.
We continue to look for new partners!