MCIL Independent Living Housing Tool

MCIL can share local housing options and resources with you, but we are not a residential facility. In fact, our mission is integration, to make sure that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else, not segregated or special housing.* This tool is to share how Independent Living can help you with housing.

Three steps to Independence
Independent Living can help you practice the skills to keep your home and learn the skills you need to remain independent. MCIL will focus on the barriers that you and other people with disabilities face because of a disability. MCIL is a resource so that our community will be welcoming and inclusive. You may plan with an Independent Living Specialist the personal and individual goals that will help you overcome barriers because of your disability. With others you can help us to end the discrimination that we all face to equal participation in all aspects of civic life.

Step One: Have the right documentation.

In your search for housing you are likely to be required to have photo identification, a Social Security card, proof of income and housing references. You may be asked for a birth certificate and detailed qualifying information like Veteran status, benefit amounts and other qualifications.

Birth Certificate
814 Jefferson Ave.
Room 101 - 103
Memphis, TN  38103
Ph: (901) 222-9693
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Social Security Card
(800)-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778).

State ID
Shelby County Clerk MV Services
150 Washington Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 222-3000
Whitehaven DOS
3200 E. Shelby Drive
Memphis, TN 38118
(866) 849-3548

Memphis Driver License Reinstatement
3200 East Shelby Drive
Memphis, TN 38118
(901) 367-3639
Summer Ave. Driver Services
6340 Summer Ave.
Memphis, TN 38134
(901) 543-7920

DOS Driver License Station
5019 W. Union Road
Millington, TN 38053
(901) 745-7020

Step Two: Budget

Work with an Independent Living Specialist to budget for a new place to live. How much do you have to spend? What minimal requirements do you have for an apartment? Do you need public transportation or reasonable modifications because of your disability? Know what you need and what compromises you can make in your housing search. Plan now, before you move the cost of truck or friends to help you move.

Proof of Income
(800)-772-1213 TTY (800)-325-0778

Step Three: Plan your move

Work with an IL Specialist to plan. Make a timeline, work with a map and make the calls you need to get a home that will work for you. Much of the information is on the Internet and information is changing all the time. Make a plan to get timely information on your housing search.

Below is a list of Libraries and their locations in which you can use the computers to access the Internet.
  • Bartlett: 5884 Stage Rd. (901)386-8968
  • Central: 3030 Poplar Ave (901)415-2700
  • Cherokee: 3300 Sharpe Ave (901)415-2762
  • Cordova: 8457 Trinity Rd. (901)415-2764
  • Cornelia Crenshaw: 531 Vance St. (901)415-2765
  • Whitehaven: 4120 Mill Branch Rd. (901)415-2781
  • East Shelby: 7200 E. Shelby Dr. (901)415-2767
  • Frayser: 3712 Argonne St. (901)415-2768
  • Gaston Park: 1040 S. 3rd St (901)415-2769
  • Levi: 3676 US Hwy 61 (S. 3rd St) (901)415-2773
  • Parkway Village: 4655 Knight Arnold (901)415-2776
  • Poplar-White Station: 5094 Poplar Ave: (901)415-2777
  • North: 1192 Vollintine Ave (901)415-2775
  • Raleigh: 3157 Powers Rd. (901)415-2778
  • Randolph: 3752 Powers Rd. (901)415-2779
  • South: 1929 Smith Third St. (901)415-2780
  • Cossitt: 33 S. Front St. (901)526-1712
Fair Market Housing Sites 

Subsidized Housing
This is income based housed and generally it is 30% of your income to calculate the amount simply take your income and multiply it by .30 Example: $733.00 a month x 0.30 = $219.9 (rent). Qualifications for this type of housing is based on your disability, age, and family status

Specialized Housing
Salvation Army, Angela Barksley

Friends for Life, 43 N Cleveland St, Memphis, TN 38104
(901) 272-0855

Veteran Services provided by VA Medical Center, 600 Poplar AVE
(901) 746-8902


MCIL works with HOPE and other community groups to make sure that people with disabilities have equal access services for people who are homeless.

Home Organizing For Power & Equality (HOPE)
(901) 300-0006
Mid-South Peace & Justice at 901-725-4990

Memphis and Shelby County Emergency Housing Hotline
MIFA 910 Vance Avenue
Memphis, TN 38126
(901) 529-4545

For Issues with your Landlord

Memphis Area Legal Services
(901) 436-4332

*MCIL does not provide rental, utility assistance or help moving.