Together we can help individuals, families, and veterans experiencing homelessness to lead independent lives.


Community Alliance for the Homeless (CAFTH) and our partner agencies in the Memphis Shelby County Homeless Consortium recognize the investment of landlords willing to work with individuals in need of affordable housing. Our partner agencies connect property owners to wrap-around client services, help provide a steady revenue stream, and ensure regular rental payments for participating landlords. Our goal is to help individuals and families transition from financial and housing crises to stability, through supportive and affordable low-barrier housing. 

Supportive housing offers rental assistance (length of assistance depends on the program) and supportive services to people exiting homelessness. Supportive housing reduces the length of time people are homeless, exits households to permanent housing, and limits returns to homelessness. It is essential that we ensure equitable access to affordable and low-barrier housing in our community.


How can property owners collaborate with CAFTH and partner agencies?

Lease Units to Agencies Rent to Clients with Short-Term Rental Assistance Direct Rental to Clients
Several partnering agencies have leasing programs, through which the agencies enter into a lease with property owners and then sublease units to program participants.  Many families and individuals receive short-term rental subsides but still struggle to find housing options. We need landlords willing to be flexible and accommodating to work with these programs and house families and individuals.   Some families and individuals experiencing homelessness already have income, and only need help from agencies in locating affordable and appropriate housing options through flexible and accommodating property owners.


What are the benefits of partnering with us?

  • Provider agencies work to individualize partnerships that are mutually beneficial.
  • Provider agencies refer clients based on low-barrier screening criteria everyone agrees to.
  • By working with CAFTH and our partner agencies you eliminate advertising costs with access to a pool of ready-to-rent tenants.
  • Guaranteed monthly payment for client's term of rental assistance.
  • Referred tenants will be enrolled in programs to receive a subsidy, rental assistance, and case management to help clients gain or increase income and remain stably housed.
  • Staff at your property will be supported by dedicated provider agencies to connect tenants facing housing instability with wrap-around services, and case managers to resolve any issues that may arise.
  • Case managers act as a neutral party, ensuring that everyone is treated fairly and problems are resolved quickly and impartially.
  • CAFTH works with partner agencies on an ongoing basis to make sure they have the support they need to help their clients succeed.
  • Community stability is increased by helping individuals become housed, self-sufficient, and independent.

Interested, or want to learn more?

Please contact Dustin Kane, Continuum of Care Project Coordinator | Office: (901) 527-1302 ext.328 | Email: [email protected]


  • Consider telling your tenants and the public about your commitment. Contact [email protected] to tell your story about why you support CAFTH and Housing First.
  • Encourage your tenants to complete the Memphis Housing Rights Survey, and help advocate for Fair Housing practices.


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In Memphis, there is a shortage of over 30,000 quality affordable housing units for low income residents;  however, there is not enough federal or state dollars to address the need. The Memphis Affordable Housing Trust Fund (MAHTF) fills that gap. MAHTF is a local tool that allows non-profit developers to build quality affordable homes in communities that have been historically devalued and disinvested. Investing in the housing trust fund reduces blight, increases property values, promotes local home ownership, creates jobs, and builds up neighborhoods. Let's build better housing for Memphis neighborhoods. Click here to visit the BLDG Memphis website and see their campaign.

Click here to learn more and sign the petition!


Housing ends homelessness. Housing First is a practice that sees homelessness as a problem with a solution, and the solution is housing. For everyone. We believe that housing is a basic human right, which is why we are working to build stronger programs and policies to achieve the mission of ending homelessness in Memphis/Shelby County. Building relationships between housing service providers, local governments, and landlords to provide safe, flexible, and reasonably priced housing helps to sharpen our focus on fostering independence, removing barriers, and promoting policies that put equity first.

"One of the key drivers of homelessness in Memphis is evictions. From 2005 to 2018 Memphis' city wide poverty rate has increased from 24 percent to almost 28 percent and has one of the highest poverty rates of any large city in America. From 2016 to 2019, there were on average 31,633 evictions filed in Shelby County each year, which accounts for roughly 1 in 5 renters in Memphis and Shelby County (Harrison, 2019). Latinx and Black communities have higher rates of evictions than their White counterparts."

- 2020 State of Memphis Housing Report, HCD

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