From The Tribune staff report
BIRMINGHAM — As the World Games 2022 converges upon Birmingham and establishes secure perimeters and security checkpoints downtown, the City of Birmingham is joining with its area partners in offering an option of respite for the city’s homeless citizens.
A cooling shelter will open for all who choose to access it from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily from July 7-17 at the Eighth Avenue Fitness Center, located at 421 Reverend Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd., across from Parker High School. Sleeping cots, cool water, and snacks will be provided.
In collaboration with One Roof, shelter is also provided by the city’s ongoing partners: The Salvation Army, 2015 26th Ave. North; the Firehouse Shelter (for men), 626 Second Ave. North; and First Light (for women), 2230 Fourth Ave. North. The Compassion Project, located at 921 Second Ave. North, will offer day services that include three meals a day, medical and mental health services, entertainment, and recreation.