Alabama has several non-profit organizations that focus on helping residents that are facing eviction as well as the currently homeless. Using both private and government funds, including from the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care program, services are offered to the least fortunate and at risk individuals. Emergency financial aid and much more may be available.
The agencies pro-actively work to prevent future homelessness, break the cycle, and rehouse those that need it. In order for this to happen, a variety of assistance programs are made available to those that are struggling. They range from shelter, case management, to funds for paying a security deposit on a new home or assistance for back rent.
When facing an eviction, some of the resources to explore include free legal advice and representation. Pro-bono law firms and attorney work with tenants to advise them on landlord and tenant challenges. They can help those in Alabama that are faced with illegal or unfair evictions as well.
While not as common, some of the Continuum of Care agencies may have cash grants available to pay rent for those that are faced with homelessness. These will be very limited though, and comes with a strict application process. For those that are now homeless, there may be some financial aid available to pay the security deposit on a new, low income qualified apartment or home.
Housing for the homeless is also available in Alabama. The Continuum of Care will coordinate emergency shelter, transitional housing, as well as permanent homes for the less fortunate and homeless in the region. Those who use these sites will also get help in the form of case management, job training, and other self-sufficiency. The goal is to get individuals stabilized and rehoused as quickly as possible.
Work with case managers from a non-profit on locating, moving into, and paying for permanent housing. Families can get placed into public units or into low income apartments. As indicated, as part of this the applicant may receive funds, or a zero interest rate loan, for paying their first month’s rent or a move in deposit.
Some of the other resources from the Continuum of Care program in Alabama include the following. Case managers can provide referrals and other support. They will advocate on behalf of the homeless and coordinate government and non-profit agencies. Other services can include help in stopping an eviction from a home or placement into transitional housing center. There may also be additional support for the disabled, the ill or residents with a mental illness.
Listed below are some of the leading agencies for the state. They offer help to the homeless and those that are struggling or faced with eviction.
Bessemer, Birmingham, Hoover/Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair Counties
One Roof (formerly MBSH)
Address is 1704 5th Ave., North
Birmingham, AL 35203
Phone (205) 254-8833
Florence/Lauderdale, Colbert, Franklin, Marion, Winston and Lawrence Counties
Homeless Care Council of Northwest Alabama
Mailing address is PO Box 98
Florence, AL 35631
Call the center at (256) 383-5610
Huntsville, Decatur/Madison, Limestone and Morgan Counties
North Alabama Coalition for the Homeless
Huntsville, AL 35804
Phone number is (256) 551-1610
Mobile/Mobile and Baldwin Counties
Housing First, Inc.
Main address is 2900 Old Shell Road
Mobile, AL 36607
Montgomery/Montgomery, Elmore, Lowndes and Bullock Counties
Mid-Alabama Coalition for the Homeless (MACH)
PO Box 242201
Montgomery, AL 36124-2201
Phone (334) 261-6182
Homeless Resource Network
The mailing address is PO Box 811
Columbus, GA 31902
Call the agency at (706) 571-3399
Tuscaloosa Continuum of Care Group, West Alabama Coalition for the Homeless
West Alabama Outreach, Inc.
PO Box 2947, Tuscaloosa, AL 35403
For information, dial (205) 759-8470
Anniston, Gadsden/Calhoun and Etowah Counties
Homeless Coalition of Northeast Alabama (HCNEA) - The Salvation Army
PO Box 218
Anniston, AL 36202
Phone (256) 236-5643
For other counties in Alabama
Alabama Rural Housing Coalition for the Homeless
Address is 3521 7th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35222
Phone (205) 324-9822
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