One of Birmingham’s Oldest Homeless Shelters Has Big Plans

 ======= Old =========1506102067 
1459436834
Tom Gordon, WELD

A lunch line forms outside the Firehouse Shelter west of downtown Birmingham. Three meals are served each day at the facility and an afternoon snack is served five days a week.

Leaders say the City of Birmingham needs more services to help the local homeless population. The operators of one of Birmingham’s oldest standing homeless shelters want to move and rebuild, creating a larger, more welcoming building in a more suitable location. And the change couldn’t come soon enough.

“This building was never meant to service the amount of people that we service,” Anne Wright, executive director of the Firehouse Shelter, tells WELD. “It’s basically collapsing around itself, and it has been for many, many years. “

Nick Patterson, editor of the weekly newspaper WELD, tells WBHM’s Rachel Lindley about the work and future of the Firehouse Shelter west of downtown Birmingham. Patterson joins WBHM most Thursdays during All Things Considered.

More Nick Patterson Coverage

Birmingham Weekly Newspaper Halts Publishing

Weld general manager, Heather Milam Nikolich, tells WBHM's Esther Ciammachilli the move is temporary.

Birmingham Officials Spend Hundreds of Thousands on Travel Annually

A review by the weekly newspaper Weld finds one Birmingham City Council member was responsible for nearly half of the council's entire travel budget last fiscal year.

Humane Society Approved for New 27-acre Facility in Titusville

The Birmingham City Council Tuesday transferred ownership of the property in Titusville to the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. Despite overwhelming support from residents, some in the neighborhood voiced concerns about the move. Hear more from Nick Patterson of Weld.

Changes to Mayor-Council Act Deepening Rift at Birmingham City Hall

Weld investigates changes to the Mayor-Council Act and what Mayor William Bell is doing with his new authority.

Birmingham Mayor’s Office Releases Proposed Budget

Weld editor Nick Patterson talks about Birmingham Mayor William Bell's proposed city budget.

Alabama’s Exotic Pet Laws Could Soon Change

Nick Patterson, editor of Weld, discusses how Alabama lawmakers are considering changing the state’s regulations on exotic pet ownership.

More Nick Patterson Coverage