Memphis received one of five grants in the nation from the US Department of Health and Human Services to provide permanent housing and services that will save 100 families — families whose children are facing foster care due to unstable housing and high service needs.

Homelessness in Memphis is all too often a pathway to foster care, as more than 22% of all substantiated maltreatment cases cite housing as the primary concern. The Tennessee Department of Children's Services routinely struggles to find affordable housing for families, enabling them to reunify with their children or to prevent family dissolution. Similarly, data from the homeless system shows that 25% of the children who received emergency housing assistance are at high and very high risk of child maltreatment.  The Memphis Strong Families Initiative (MSFI) is a two-generation response to the challenge.

The Memphis Strong Families Initiative is based on Keeping Families Together. Please watch this video which highlights a similar program in Chicago, IL.

For more information about the grant or the research associated with this grant, contact Kellie Cole, the CoC Planning Director.

Eligibility for this program is routinely screened for within DCS as all families must have an open DCS case. Questions concerning family eligibility must to be directed to the family's DCS case manager.