Birmingham proposing a new program to help the homeless community sleep safe

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Everyone deserves a safe, warm place to sleep. (Randall Woodfin / Facebook)

The Magic City has some incredible, loving neighbors. The City of Birmingham is proposing a safe sleep pilot program before the city council on Tuesday, January 10. Read on to learn all about this program.

Giving everyone a safe place to sleep

Sleep pilot program
These sleeping units will be built in a community. (Randall Woodfin / Facebook)

Everyone deserves to have a home, so the City of Birmingham wants to start Home for All. This pilot program will build units for residents experiencing homelessness to use for a safe place to sleep.

“Our residents who are experiencing homelessness deserve to safely sleep in peace and with dignity.”

Randall Woodfin, Mayor, City of Birmingham

What’s the next step?

The City of Birmingham will be sharing this program with the city council on Tuesday, January 10. If approved, Birmingham will partner with Pallet Shelter. This organization has built shelter communities in cities, including in Dallas, Texas and Fresno, California.

“We’ve heard from y’all, our neighbors experiencing homelessness and our local service providers about the need for temporary housing for those experiencing homelessness that is paired with wraparound services that identify people’s individual needs, addresses them,and helps transition them into permanent housing.

You can’t have one without the other. That’s why we are launching project Home for All, to provide dignified and safe housing units and wraparound services to residents in need. Each unit is lockable, heated and cooled and furnished with a desk and bed.

Randall Woodfin, Mayor, City of Birminghsm said in a Facebook post

The City of Birmingham plans to purchase up to 100 sleeping units. Do you work for a public service provider or nonprofit? The city is looking for partners to help execute this program.

How else is the City of Birmingham helping our homeless community?

This isn’t the only way our city is being a loving neighbor. Other efforts include:

  • Affordable home development projects across the city, from Shadowbrook to Woodlawn
  • More than $800,000 in federal grants to support emergency shelters and public service providers who help those experiencing homelessness
  • Partnering with Jimmie Hale Mission and other community providers to open a warming station during cold weather
  • Programs for down payment assistance, lead abatement and critical repairs

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Selah Vetter
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