Memphis has been nationally recognized as a leader in efforts to meet the needs of individuals who are experiencing homelessness. Through Downtown churches and outreach agencies, meal programs are readily available seven days a week. Caring, competent providers are easily accessible to assess the needs of a homeless person and refer him or her to appropriate housing, medical care, or residential treatment and recovery services for substance abusers.
Since 1995, Community Alliance for the Homeless, Inc. (formerly Partners for the Homeless) has served as the city's premier information source for homeless programs. Community Alliance for the Homeless links planners, providers, data, and resources to develop a comprehensive system for ending homelessness.
If you are seeking assistance for someone, or are interested in donating money or your time to help our local homeless population, following is a list of downtown providers for emergency shelters and assistance programs: