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First Light Women Childrens Shelter and Services

2230 Fourth Avenue North
Birmingham, AL - 35203

Emergency shelter for homeless women and children; permanent housing for women with disabilities; permanent housing for chronically homeless women. Referrals as necessary; life skills training; serves breakfast, and dinner daily.

Eligibility: Homeless women and children, homeless women with mental illness, chronically homeless women. Serves metro Birmingham and transient homeless.Hours: 24 hours, 7days. Preferred intake hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm, Mon. - Fri. Will shelter any time as space permits.

Intake procedure:Phone or personal appearance

Fees: No Fee for Service.

Services: Homeless Shelter for Single Mothers, Homeless Shelter for Women, Semi-Independent Living Residences for Adults with Disabilities

Emergency Shelter
The First Light emergency shelter is a dorm-like setting which offers a bed, locker and bathroom and laundry facilities for 36 women and one family on any given night. An overnight volunteer is available to distribute hygiene products, distribute laundry detergent to those who need it, and to simply be present to those in crisis.

Overflow Emergency Shelter
On cold nights, on rainy nights, on weekends, where does one go when all shelters, including First Lights emergency shelter, are full? The overflow emergency shelter was born from necessity. We now provide mats, pillows and clean linens 15-20 guests nightly.

Permanent Housing Programs
HUD 4th Floor Permanent Supportive Housing
First Lights fourth floor is home for nine guests with severe mental illness who are unlikely to successfully live independently.

HUD Permanent Supportive Housing Programs
Approximately fifty program participants who were chronically homeless or have disabling conditions have been housed in apartments in Bessemer, Birmingham, Homewood and other metro areas through three programs. (Bessemer HUD, HUD East and Noah's Ark) The participants are provided intensive support from their Permanent Supportive Housing Social Worker.

Shelter Plus Care Permanent Supportive Housing Program
Shelter Plus Care is a collaboration between First Light and the Jefferson County Housing Authority through which housing and supportive care is provided to women who are homeless due to a disabling condition, such as mental illness, past substance abuse or HIV/AIDS. They are provided with intensive support from our Shelter Plus Care Social Worker and she helps with annual renewals for this voucher based program.

Forever Home
Forever Home is a new program to quickly rehouse First Light emergency shelter guests with children who are likely to achieve independence with limited intervention, thereby freeing up beds and social services for guests at First Lights emergency shelter who have more complex issues. Forever Home families get diminishing financial support and the social services they need to help the adult female head of the family maintain employment and build savings to prevent ordiminish the physical, cognitive, psychological and emotional damage of homelessness to themselves and their children.

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If you have stayed in this shelter, how was your stay?

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  1. I was placed in Birmingham where I have lived for 5 years. I lost my home to fire at 3:00 am. Laura placed me but I understand that Laura is no longer working at First Light. I loved staying at the shelter but I loved my own home better.

    Answer posted on Jul 16, 2022 0

Is this a safe shelter to stay in?

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  1. Yes, it is safe.

    Answer posted on Jul 16, 2022 0

Do they accept pets at this shelter?

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  1. No

    Answer posted on Sep 16, 2023 0

Do you have any advice for those wanting to stay at this shelter?

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  1. Delicious meals and friendly place to be.

    Answer posted on Jul 16, 2022 0

How long can you stay here?

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  1. 90 Days

    Answer posted on Jul 16, 2022 0

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