During FY16 (October 2015-September 2016), the Material Aid & Advocacy Program served 2,326 individuals and families. Our recipients include individuals experiencing homelessness, “the working poor”, individuals or families who have experienced domestic violence, elderly individuals or individuals with a disability who are on a fixed income, those who have recently become unemployed or displaced, young veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, refugees, low-income individuals who have experienced emergency situations such as bed bugs or fires and a growing number of unaccompanied homeless youth.
Although the majority of those we serve come from the Greater Cambridge and Boston Area, we regularly aid recipients from both the South and North Shore and the Metro West. MAP provides continued support to individuals regardless of the duration of their need; several recipients, such as individuals with chronic illness on a fixed income, have utilized MAAP’s services for years.
Individuals and families are referred to MAAP from over 80 human service agencies from across the state. We work in collaboration with area agencies providing critically needed items that complement and support their efforts through the distribution of bulk donations.