Agape offers two programs to serve our city’s homeless:
- Families in Transition (FIT) is a transitional housing program dedicated to providing transitional housing and support to homeless families and their children fleeing domestic violence. Our FIT families receive counseling, housing, life skills, parenting skills, job readiness training, budgeting guidance and more. An Agape social worker helps each participant develop a personal case plan. These plans are designed to help identify strengths and achieve success. FIT provides support and networks with other agencies to provide services to participants which will help lead them toward self-sufficient living.
- Access for All (A4A) Rapid Rehousing helps eligible homeless individual/families ages 18-24 quickly obtain permanent stable housing. This program assists tenants in acquiring the skills needed to maintain permanent housing when they exit the program.
Criteria for FIT:
Age: 18 years of age or older
Marital Status: Single
Parental Status: Pregnant or parenting with up to three other children
Housing Status: Homeless
Residency: Resident of Shelby County
Criminal Record: Criminal record clear of felonies.
Medical Records: Provide copy of current medical record.
School/Employment Status: Participants must, on a full-time basis, pursue education, employment or be employed.
To apply for FIT or A4A Rapid Rehousing, contact MIFA at (901) 529-4545 or report in person to MIFA at 910 Vance Avenue between 8:00 am – 10:00 am to be screened. Victims of domestic violence are encouraged to contact our partner in service, the Family Safety Center, at 901.222.4400.
Criteria for A4A Rapid Rehousing:
- Residency: Applicants must be Shelby County individuals and/or families with minor children who meet HUD’s definition of literal homelessness and have no other resources to prevent homelessness.
- Age: This program is targeted to serve youth households ages 18-24 with or without children.
- Duration: Households can be served up to 12 months with housing stabilization, case management, and financial assistance.
- Privacy: We collect information about who accesses our services. When we meet, we will ask you for information about you and your family and enter it into a computer program called the Memphis/Shelby County Continuum of Care Management Information System (MSCCOC_MIS). Although MSCCOC_MIS helps us to keep track of your information, individually identifiable information about you is considered “Protected Information”. We are required to protect the privacy of your identifying information and to give you notice about how, when, and why we may use or disclose any information you may give us. We are also required to follow the privacy practices described in this notice, although we reserve the right to change our privacy practices and the terms of this notice at any time. You may request a copy of the new notice from any MSCCOC_MIS Agency. We use and disclose collective information for a variety of reports. We have a limited right to include some of your information for reports on homelessness and services needed by those who are homeless. Information that could be used to tell who you are will never be used for these reports. We will not turn your information over to a national database. For uses beyond reports, we must have your written consent unless the law permits or requires us to make the use or disclosure without your consent. Please review the Client Informed Consent/Release of Information Authorization for details. You must sign this form before we can use your information, but you do not have to sign the form in order to receive services.