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.
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:
A resource center that connects individuals with the resources they need to begin their journey out of homelessness. A good first stop to identify needs and find direction fulfilling those needs.
Location: 82 N. Second Street, 901-522-1808
Provides emergency shelter and meals during the coldest months of the year—November through March
Location: 212 N Second Street, 901-443-6643
Shelter and outreach for adult men.
Location: 960 S Third Street, 901-775-2570
Emergency housing for adult men and intact families.
Location: 383 Poplar Avenue, 901-526-8403
Emergency shelter for women with and without children.
Location: 696 Jackson Avenue, 901-542-8586
Emergency housing for battered women with and without children.
Drop in center providing food and shower facilites for veterans.
Location: 2226 Ball Road, 901-726-5066, 1183 Madison Avenue
An emergency shelter for youth, 577-2500, 868 N. Manassas
OUTMemphis has served the Mid-South region for over 27 years. The Youth Emergency Services (YES) program, provides 18-24-year-old LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness with essential services and housing assistance. OUTMemphis (901) 278-6422 892 S Cooper St
Community Alliance for the Homeless outreach tool for single adults. 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.
Suggested Community Response
You can report aggressive panhandling issues by calling the Downtown Memphis Commission's security and hospitality team, the Blue Suede Brigade, at 901-281-9146.