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Five pieces of expert advice for Memphis renters

From unfair eviction proceedings to landlords who don’t make essential repairs, there is plenty broken about housing in Memphis. To complement our frequent reporting on these subjects, MLK50: Justice Through Journalism partnered with the Black Clergy Collaborative of Memphis and Memphis Public Interest Law Center to host our first renter-focused event, “Navigating Memphis’ Broken Rental System,” on Jan. 17. We gathered four of Memphis’ preeminent housing experts ... Read More
at 1/24/23

Memphis needs more apartments, but neighbors are getting in the way

Shelby County has a housing shortage, but its strict regulations — rooted in racism — are blocking construction of more.   Susie Mitchell always kept coloring books, Barbie dolls, and teddy bears in her and her mother’s apartment for when her siblings or cousins would drop off their children.  Wishing she had a child of her own, she adores babysitting. But the kids can’t come over now that she’s living in a rooming house in Frayser.  The Emergency ... Read More
at 12/1/22

After promising Memphis focus, state is ending its rental assistance program

When Memphis and Shelby County stopped accepting applications for their Emergency Rental Assistance program at August’s end, there was a silver lining for local renters. The State of Tennessee was administering a rent and utility assistance program backed by the same federal funds, and it still had hundreds of millions of dollars that didn’t expire until 2025.  It wasn’t a perfect substitute since the state program has been slower at distributing funds, but it was ... Read More
at 11/22/22

Meals on Wheels continues to deliver for Memphis seniors

WREG News Channel 3 Community Changers: Meals on Wheels continues to deliver for Memphis seniors MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Every Tuesday, as part of our Community Changers series, we highlight organizations making Memphis better. This week, we caught up with a group that knows it’s more than just a meal. Steve Boscarino has been delivering meals for MIFA for the last year. “I get that moment where I’m connecting with another person. Po... Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at 11/15/22

MIFA & Mid-South Food Bank on Behind the Headlines

MIFA President and CEO Sally Jones Heinz and Mid-South Food Bank President and CEO Cathy Pope were featured on last week's Behind the Headlines, where they discussed food insecurity in Memphis and both organizations' responses to it. See the full episode here. Read More
Posted by Ellen Whitten at 11/15/22

Memphis shelters at capacity due to lack of affordable housing

By Kelli Cook Published: Oct. 31, 2022 at 10:39 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 31, 2022 at 10:42 PM CDT MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - If you’re in the market to rent a home, you are well aware of how expensive it it to do so. The skyrocketing cost of rent can really be felt in the city’s emergency shelters. Housing officials say a key piece of the housing puzzle is missing and there’s a big effort to get them back. Deidra Malone knows that struggle to find affordable housing i... Read More
Posted by Bailey Bigger at 11/8/22
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