Emergency Housing

The Salvation Army is the only shelter in the Birmingham area serving men, women, children, families and veterans in one building. We offer emergency services that includes food, shelter, clothing, and counseling. If you’ve lost your housing and need immediate help, please call 205.328.5656 or come to The Salvation Army Social Services Building for assistance:

2130 11th Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35234
(located directly behind the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Complex)


My Home Program

The Salvation Army, MY HOME program, was created to assist homeless women, children and families transition out of the shelter system and into permanent housing. In addition to providing assistance in establishing a permanent home address, the program focuses on breaking the cycle of homelessness and preventing generational poverty.  MY HOME provides personal investment opportunities by encouraging career development and educational advancement by providing assistance in identifying resources to assist with tuition payments, books, certifications, and job-related tools and transportation.  In order to prevent second generation poverty, the program provides support for personal development of the children in the program by assisting with the costs of childcare, after-school care, Pre-K classes as well as extracurricular activities.


Community Assistance

The Salvation Army provides assistance with rent/mortgage payments, utility bills, clothing and food to those in need in the Greater Birmingham area to help prevent homelessness. This program also provides help to families in need after a fire emergency has left them without a home.


Emergency Disaster Services

The Salvation Army disaster response teams, coordinated and directed by commissioned officers and trained personnel, supported by volunteers, are on-call to serve at all disasters which place a community or its populace at risk or which may disrupt or destroy family security and well-being. We are often the first to arrive and the last to leave a crisis situation. Our mobile kitchen, or canteen, is seen at most disaster sites serving food and drinks to emergency personnel and those affected by the emergency. We also provide donation management and long-term recovery assistance.


Christmas Assistance

We help thousands of children wake up Christmas morning with gifts to open through our Angel Tree program thanks to the generosity of individuals, corporations and organizations in our community.  The Red Kettle drive is our largest fundraiser of the year and supports The Salvation Army programming throughout the year.


Adult Rehabilitation Center

The Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) is a free alcohol and drug rehabilitation program to any male over the age of 21 dealing with addiction. The Salvation Army ARC ministries in the United States provide an in-residence rehabilitation program with a focus on basic necessities.  The ARC in Birmingham is completely funded through sales at The Family Stores. There are two family stores in Birmingham located at 76 Green Springs Hwy in Homewood and 2741 John Hawkins Parkway in Hoover.