for July 8, 2019
The Firehouse, at its core, is an agency that serves the hardest to reach chronically homeless population in a variety of ways that are specifically tailored to the unique needs of the individual. As an agency, they are committed to being nondiscriminatory and open their doors to anyone who needs help, especially those facing a multitude of barriers including mental and physical disabilities and substance abuse.
They are a faith based agency that fully embraced the best practice “Housing First” model before it was required, and their proposed shelter will allow them to continue with that model even in an emergency shelter. Although permanent housing is considered a better housing option for the homeless, an emergency shelter is paramount in all areas, especially those with high poverty rates like Birmingham.
Firehouse shelter is, and will continue to be, the only shelter with no length of stay cap and accepting of those who are unable or unwilling to receive treatment right away. This harm reduction model allows Firehouse to house the most vulnerable, and has facilitated housing to many that have been deemed “unhouseable” by other agencies.