Mid-South organizations step up to help shelter families without a home

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Coronavirus has disrupted everyone’s lives. Millions of people across the country have lost their jobs because of the virus, meaning many people are left without a way to provide for their families.

With no income, many Mid-South families are now without a home.

The Community Alliance for the Homeless partnered with the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, the City of Memphis, MIFAH, and Alco are helping those families find shelter.

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All five entities set up an emergency shelter at a hotel in Memphis.

Families are asked to call the MIFAH hotline at 901-529-4545 where they will be assessed to determine if the family is actually homeless. If it is determined that a family is homeless, they’ll be placed in an emergency shelter.

Right now, 156 people, including 88 children, have been placed into the emergency shelter.

Chere Bradshaw with Community Alliance tells FOX13 that MIFAH has also helped place three families into permanent housing.

“Based on an assessment that they do, these three families were the most vulnerable and needed the most help,” Bradshaw said.

The three families were granted permanent housing. They moved into their apartments Monday afternoon. Not only are these organizations providing housing, but when the families eventually move in, they are moving into homes that are fully furnished from kitchenware to living room and bedroom furniture.

Community Alliance would like to help all families find permanent housing, but that takes money. Community Alliance is helping to pay part of the hotel cost for the emergency shelters while the City of Memphis handles the rest. To continue to help more families find permanent housing, Community Alliance relies on the help from donors.

You can donate on their website, cafth.org and click on the donate tab.

Bradshaw said all of the money donated at this moment will go towards providing emergency shelter for families who are homeless.

You can also donate HERE.

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