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

FIT Success

  • Last year alone, we served 266 homeless and imminently homeless individuals.
  • In the past two years, not a single family has returned to homelessness.
  • No child has entered foster care, and every child was promoted to the next grade level.

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 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.

FIT is the only program of its kind in Shelby County serving homeless families and their children in transitional housing for up to two years. FIT also provides the following services at no cost to the families served:
  • Duplex or apartment to live in with their children for up to two years (called transitional housing)
  • Life Skills classes and training to equip the women to live successfully on their own (in areas such as parenting, financial matters, employment/career, etc.)

  • Counseling to address relational and personal issues

  • Mentors to assist them in their journey

  • Opportunity to come to know Jesus

  • Case management services

  • Chaplain Services

FIT’s transition model includes (but is not limited to):

  • Life Skills Classes

  • Personal and Career Development

  • Case Management

  • Mentoring

  • Health, Nutrition & Hygiene

  • Prenatal & Postnatal Services

  • Counseling

  • Parenting Classes

  • Housekeeping

  • Kids In Transition Support Group

  • Substance Abuse Services

  • Spiritual Support

  • Financial Management