Freeze warning: warming station opening at The BJCC Jan. 6-7

Birmingham Woodfin, warming station
Mayor Randall Woodfin greets a visitor at The BJCC warming station on Christmas Day, 2017. (Pat Byington / Bham Now)

If you’ve checked your weather app lately, you’ll see that temps are expected to be in the low 20s tonight (Thursday, January 6) and tomorrow (Friday, January 7). It’s one thing if you’re able to crank the heat and throw on an extra blanket or two. It’s another if you sleep on the streets or in your car. Find out where the people without a reliable roof over their heads can go to survive the wintry weather.

Warming station in Birmingham at The BJCC

Warming Station at Boutwell Auditorium back in 2018
A warming station at Boutwell Auditorium back in 2018. Photo via Boutwell’s Facebook

Where: The Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, 2100 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd. N., Birmingham, AL 35203
Directions: If you need shelter, come to the South Exhibition Hall.
When: Thursday 6PM-8AM, Friday 5PM-8AM

Also, if the temperatures are freezing early next week, a warming station will open Monday + Tuesday.

How you can help

water drive for homeless people at Boutwell Auditorium
A previous water drive at Boutwell. (Pat Byington / Bham Now)

Drop off bottled water and individually-wrapped packaged snacks. No clothing dropoffs, please.

Where: In front of Boutwell Auditorium, 1930 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203
When: Thursday + Friday 9AM-3PM

If you need warm shelter

Firehouse Shelter, warming station
Firehouse Shelter’s new home. Photo via Firehouse Shelter on Facebook

The City of Birmingham is collaborating with One Roof. Please reach out to ongoing partners:

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Sharron Swain
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