Purpose
The NAC is a faith and community based collaborative providing emergency assistance services to Northland families living in Clay or Platte counties in Missouri.

Who We Help
The leading reasons people request or assistance include recent unemployment, single-parent household, low-wage earner, medical condition, domestic violence, disability, elderly, and mental illness. There are 14,490 men, women and children in Clay and 5,120 in Platte that live below the federal poverty line, which is for a family of four is $24,250 (U.S. Census Bureau 2014). The average age of the homeless in Missouri is 5 years of age. A survey of clients receiving assistance indicates that forty-six percent of persons in need have to choose between purchasing food and paying utility or medical bills.

Services
NAC provides qualified needy families and individuals with a combination of food, financial aid, crisis intervention, strenghts-based case management, and/or referral information. In the year 2015, NAC provided assistance to over 2000 households with services totaling $225,700. Limited financial aid assistance for utility bills, rent/mortgage, prescription drugs, transportation or gasoline, health services and temporary lodging costs is available after a confidential intake is completed. Currently, all qualified individuals in need of food assistance can receive a wide variety of fresh, frozen, and dry products one time every 30 days while working to resolve their emergency need. Each person receiving assistance is screened utilizing the Mid-America Assistance Coalitions Client Tracking Database and all financial aid is paid directly to the collector or by voucher.

History
Northland Assistance Center, a 501(c) 3 organization, was organized in 1980. Members and pastors from the Baptist, Christian, United Methodist, and Presbyterian churches of North Kansas City recognized the need to coordinate their emergency assistance programs to benefit the homeless and needy living in the Northland. Today, a number of Northland churches, foundations, civic organizations and individuals participate and contribute to the success of our program.

Administration
The 2016 annual budget is $150,300 in revenue and $150,000 in-kind distributions. Funding and in-kind gifts for NAC comes from churches, individuals, foudations, civic groups, businesses and special events. NAC is governed by a board of directors composed of representatives from participating Northland churches, clergy and members-at-large. Staff includes a full-time Executive Director and part-time office manager. The office is located at the First Christian Church, 2018 Gentry, North Kansas City, MO. The hours of operation are 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday – Friday.