1994: Founded by Belinda Pittman, who recognized a need in Milwaukee for transitional housing for homeless and at-risk mothers. Located at 63rd and Silver Spring.

1996: Moved to 50th and North.

1998: Purchased current building at 25th and Vliet from the City of Milwaukee. Building had been in foreclosure and needed significant work. Received an Affordable Housing Program grant, other city and federal grants and loans, and generous donations.

2001: Rehabilitation complete. 13 apartment units (12 resident, 1 resident manager) available. Basement community room, computer room, culinary/kitchen area, laundry room and children’s play space available to residents.

2005: Dress for Less Boutique opens at 27th and State. A small clothing store operated by part-time staff and program participants who have completed the Life Skills curriculum, it serves as a valuable training opportunity and stepping stone to jobs outside of Nia Imani Family. It becomes a popular asset to the community for its affordable new and slightly used clothing, all of which is generously donated.

2007: Muhindi Program started to encourage reading and positive parenting among mothers and their children. Continues to attract nearly all Nia Imani Family’s residents.

2009: Dress for Less resale shop and training program relocates to retail space in Nia Imani Family building at 25th and Vliet. Nia Imani Family, Inc. celebrates 15 years of helping women and their children break the cycles of substance abuse, violence and homelessness.