Our Residents Typically Are:
  • Female, Single Heads of Household
  • In their late 20s to mid 40s
  • Mothers—Some With Custody of Their Children, Many Trying to Regain Custody
  • Predominantly African-American (about 95%)
  • From all over Milwaukee County
All are working to overcome some of the following:
  • chronic homelessness
  • alcohol and drug abuse
  • unemployment
  • mental health issues
  • educational and job training deficiencies

Milwaukee’s homelessness problem is significant and growing. While estimates vary, the Milwaukee Continuum of Care Homeless Coalition found that, in 2004, over 2,000 people were homeless in Milwaukee. That number is likely much higher today. Of this 2,000, 17%, or 340 people were women with children. In 2009, Nia Imani Family received 50 percent more calls for housing compared to past years.

Our clients have some of the most troubled, traumatic histories of any group. These mothers’ troubles become their children’s troubles, unless the cycle is broken. Few, if any, Milwaukee organizations help address this range of profound and chronic needs onsite, while also providing safe housing.