This will be the region’s first barrier-free emergency shelter for women that provides immediate stability and a space to begin to heal from the trauma of the streets. It will be paired with top-tier, 24/7 case management, with a shelter that provides a necessary baseline to rebuild a stable life.
Why is this being built?
In the past, women were considered to be a small percentage of the homeless population in Memphis. In 2018, the HUB provided support to 588 newly homeless women, comprising 37% of the city’s homeless population. However, with only 6% of the available beds open to homeless women—and even fewer to female-identifying HUB clients—counselors found themselves in a position every day of not having shelter beds.
Who can stay at the women’s shelter?
Anyone who identifies as female and accompanying children.
What makes this shelter experience unique?
Barrier-free shelters operate on the premise that homelessness is not an individual choice or attributed to personal disposition. Rather, the HUB recognizes homelessness as the result of a mix of economic, structural and societal factors that affect society’s most vulnerable. In order to promote safety and healing, the shelter will have a Quiet Room, Family Room, Salon, a large outdoor space and several places to be alone.
What are the goals for this shelter to help women exit homelessness?
Our expanded Hub offices will be located in the same building, so our guests will have access to the full spectrum of Hub services and their partners.
Why build just a women’s shelter?
With 94% of shelter beds available to men only, there is a great deficit of beds for women in the city. Also, many of the current shelters will not allow a woman to bring her children in. We are filling a gap in emergency shelters for women and their children.