What is the Memphis and Shelby County Homeless Consortium?

The Consortium is the voluntary association that provides leadership, services, advocacy, and information related to Memphis and Shelby County’s homeless population. The Consortium currently has over 40 active members from many different sectors across Memphis and Shelby County including housing and service providers, local government, churches and faith-based organizations, mental health organizations, affordable housing developers, educational systems, medical providers, and advocates. The Consortium meets quarterly, and has several open committees and working groups that meet more regularly and focus on specific populations or services provided by member agencies. 

The Consortium serves as the TN-501: Memphis/Shelby County Continuum of Care (CoC), designated by HUD as the group organized to carry out the responsibilities prescribed in the HEARTH Act for a defined geographic area. Responsibilities of the group include planning for, designating, and operating the CoC, designating and operating an HMIS (Homeless Management Information System), and designing and implementing the process associated with applying for CoC Program funds.

The Governing Council (the decision-making body of the Consortium) currently designates Community Alliance for the Homeless (CAFTH) to serve as the lead agency for the CoC. CAFTH provides staff support for the Consortium and its committees and is assigned other CoC duties, including serving as the HMIS Lead Agency and the Collaborative Applicant for agencies to receive CoC Program funds from HUD.

Click here to see a list of members for the current membership term.

What is the mission of the Consortium?

The mission of the Consortium is to develop, sustain and coordinate a comprehensive continuum of care for citizens of the City of Memphis and Shelby County who experience homelessness in order to establish pathways to self-sufficiency and ultimately to eliminate homelessness.

Why join the Consortium?

  • Membership in the Consortium gives you the platform to let your voice be heard while working with a committed body of advocates, service providers, activists, government officials, and others.
  • Membership and attendance at Consortium and committee meetings provides an opportunity to meet and network with other agencies and individuals committed to systemic changes necessary to prevent and end homelessness in Memphis and Shelby County.
  • Each member (association or individual) of the Consortium has a vote on important community matters, including approving representatives on the Governing Council and Rank & Review Committee, which makes funding decisions for several programs related to the Consortium’s work.

To join the consortium online, click here
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If you prefer to join the Consortium (or to renew your membership for the current term) in paper form, please download and complete the application and remit your membership fee of $10 either online or in-person to Community Alliance for the Homeless, 44 N. Second St., Memphis, TN 38103. For online payments, you may submit the completed application to Grant Ebbesmeyer via e-mail ([email protected]) or fax at (901) 527-1308.
Please be aware that your activation or renewal will not be considered complete and/or valid without the submission of both the completed application and payment.