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Birmingham and Jefferson County short term housing and free homeless shelter.s

Residents have access to several low income and transitional housing programs in Jefferson and Shelby County Alabama. A few homeless shelters also operate in the Birmingham region. The locations provide families facing eviction and the homeless a place to stay over the short to mid term. However the main focus is on getting the individual back into a permanent home or apartment.

A key service offered is case management, counseling, and employment services. After all, having a job is key to maintaining housing and paying rent. Most of the Birmingham Alabama non-profits and housing programs will require participants to enroll into these self-sufficiency services.

The main agencies, government organizations, and short term housing programs are below. If a center can’t assist then they may have referrals to other resources, such as government subsidized apartments, homes, or the section 8 voucher rent assistance program.

AIDS Alabama
Address is 3521 7th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35222
For service, call the agency at (205) 324-9822
The non-profit can provide both transitional and permanent housing programs. Some conditional funds may be offered to pay rent or energy bills. Other resources include case management, transportation, and homeless prevention education. If needed, the center can arrange for substance abuse treatment, health insurance continuation, and applications for government medical care.

Downtown Jimmie Hale Mission
3420 2nd Ave N
Birmingham, AL 35222
Telephone number is (205) 323-5878

1401 South 20th Street
Birmingham, Alabama 35205
(205) 510-2777
Housing, independent living, and similar support is offered.




Gateway Residential Program
Main address is 5201 Airport Highway
Birmingham, AL 35212
Call (205) 510-2640 for intake
The programs available are for young adults who are in the process of transitioning from institutions and foster care to independent, functional adult living. A key is ensuring their housing situation is resolved too.

Birmingham PATH Center
Birmingham, Alabama 35203

Greater Birmingham Fair Housing Center
Birmingham, Al 35203
Call 324-0111
Numerous housing programs are available, including resources for first time home buyers. Learn about local homeless shelters, section 8, free motel vouchers, and more. Both the low income and homeless may be supported.

The Lovelady Center
7916 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35206
Dial (205) 833-7410 for intake
This location serves as a transitional living facility for women. Some of the other social services provided include free meals, transportation, 24 hour counseling, stress & anger management classes, and inner healing. A key to paying rent and maintaining housing is stability, so the center can also provide job/career training, employee placement, credit repair, and personal budgeting/life skills to Jefferson County families.

Metropolitan Birmingham Services for the Homeless (MBSH)
Birmingham, AL 35203

Catholic Centre of Concern
712 4th Ct W
Birmingham, AL 35204
Main number is (205) 786-4388





Old Firehouse Shelter
1501 3rd Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35203
Main phone number - (205) 324-1075
Offers an overnight shelter for Jefferson and Shelby County men. The shelter will also provide educational and social opportunities, job placement and raining referrals, clothes closet, and noon meals.

Location is 409 North Richard Arrington Boulevard N
Birmingham, AL 35203
Call (205) 322-6854 for intake and services.
Various homeless services are offered, including eviction prevention as well as shelters. Qualified families may also enroll into case management, low income transitional housing programs, and use the Day Center for their children. They also run a resource known as Safehaven, which is a free shelter for homeless women with mental illness.

First Light Women Children's Shelter and Services
Birmingham, AL 35203
(205) 323-4277
Women, their children, victims of abuse, and others can receive assistance. Supports Shelby County too.

Saint Benedict's Veterans Center
Birmingham, AL 35215
Telephone: 205-202-5755

Southside Transitional Shelter - Pathways
1135 14th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35205
Cal (205) 324-5220 for Service and Intake.
Runs a homeless shelter and can support evicted families. Learn about government subsidized, public and private apartments in Jefferson County Alabama as well.

Fellowship House
1625 12th Ave S
Birmingham, AL 35205
(205) 933-2430

Greater Birmingham Ministries
2304 12th Ave N
Birmingham, AL 35234
Phone number is (205) 326-6821
Everything from free hot meals to short term, emergency homeless shelters as well as transitional housing is offered. A day center offers a computer lab, case management, and information on employment resources as well as low income housing in the city.

Aletheia House
Address - 201 Finley Ave W
Birmingham, AL
Main number is (205) 324-6502

Bessemer Rescue Mission
1918 6th Ave N
Bessemer, AL
Primary phone - (205) 426-9000
A primary focus is on the current homeless.

Safehouse Of Shelby County
Mailing address is PO Box 620
Columbiana, AL 35051
Telephone - (205) 669-7233
The location offers an on site emergency safe shelter for domestic violence victims, including children. Also meet with a case worker for assistance in obtaining social services and safe/affordable public housing.





The Lighthouse for Recovery
The housing program/shelter is at 140 58th St N
Birmingham, Alabama 35212
Main number - (205) 591-0089
A shelter and transitional housing program for substance abusers, with alcohol, drugs, or some other addiction.

Shelby County - Gateway Family Counseling
333 Business Circle
Pelham, AL 35124
(205) 510-2780 Service/Intake
The housing program helps young adults transition from institutions and foster care to independent, functional adult living.

Brother Bryan Mission
1616 2nd Ave N
Birmingham, AL 35203
(205) 322-0092


By Jon McNamara

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