Who we are

About Us

Our Mission

  • To provide homeless young , pregnant or first time mothers with  safe, orderly housing in a family-like setting where they can come to terms with and manage  childhood trauma, learn critical  life skills,  accountability, self-examination, goal setting and parenting so they can become self-sufficient, responsible parents, citizens and role models within their community.

Fast Facts

  • 27 years of empowering women and children with a capacity of up to 17 mothers and their children at a time
  • A non-profit, 501(c)(3) community-based agency.
  • Milwaukee’s only long-term (up to 24 months) transitional housing facility for women and their children.
  • Building features: 13 resident apartments, computer room, culinary/kitchen area, children’s play space, group meeting space, a community room, and 3 ground floor tenants storefronts.
  • Our Name: Nia means purpose and Imani means faith—two of the seven principles of Kwanzaa.
  • Our Staff: Five full-time and two part-time. 10-20 regular volunteers.

What Makes Nia Imani Family, Inc. Special

  • More Time: Women can live at Nia Imani Family for up to 12 months. Breaking cycles of poverty, trauma, homelessness and violence take time. Without safe, affordable stable housing, you can’t get a job, keep a job or raise a family.
  • More Stable Families: Children can live with their mothers at Nia Imani Family, something unavailable at most transitional housing programs. Our comprehensive programming and holistic approach teaches women about themselves, the importance of childhood stability, nutrition in early child development, and the criticality of early mother-child bonding.
  • More Tools: Nia Imani Family is not just a roof over a woman’s head. We support women in areas key to their success, such as budgeting, housekeeping, job skills, education, parenting, nutrition and meal preparation, community resources, problem solving and self examination.
  • More Support: We are stronger when we help each other. Women are part of an extended “family” structure that provides guidance and support during the program, and beyond. Women develop healthy relationships that provide strength as they transition into independent living. Women are encouraged to fully participate in the broader community, to take advantage of cultural opportunities, resources, employment, etc.