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Homelessness Resources: Local Homelessness Organizations (Huntsville, AL)

A research guide that presents the various organizations, print materials, and websites that may help the homeless.

Local Organizations helping the homeless - Huntsville, AL






The following agencies provide assistance with the homeless population of Huntsville, AL and the surrounding area.

First Stop





First Stop's mission is to pave a continuous path from homelessness to independent, sustainable living for our clients. 

Many of our clients have endured enormous amounts of pain including sexual, emotional and physical abuse, rape, human trafficking, mental health issues and substance abuse. Our clients are as diverse as the trauma that plagues them, which is why we do not believe in a one-size fits all approach. We provide individualized case management that creates a path to independence.

We encounter our clients in our facility and in the spaces where they camp, we connect them with them with necessary services and offer to aid with a plan to achieve empowerment and stable and independent living. 


From; accessed July 12, 2018.



Crisis Services of North Alabama



Responding to individuals and families in crisis. Serving Madison, Morgan, Limestone, and Jackson counties.

24/7 Helpline: 256-716-1000

National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255.; accessed July 12, 2018.

New Futures, Inc.



New Futures operates the Marilyn Mabry Family Lodge which features a fourteen bedroom facility with private bathrooms and a shared kitchen, living room, ect. Food pantry items are available to help families supplement any assistance they receive.

Families are allowed to prepare their own meals and return to a practice of a family meal time together daily.  Other services provided include, daycare, transportation.

Salvation Army Emergency Shelter


The Salvation Army in Huntsville, Emergency Assistance With Basic Needs

Our Emergency Shelter provided 25,150 nights of lodging to homeless men and women last year. Our services to the homeless include assistance with food, clothing, job placement, education and budgeting classes, and assistance finding permanent housing. Extended Stay and Paid Stay program available through caseworker.

Individuals must be age 18 or older to use the shelter. This program does not accept sex offenders or anyone with outstanding warrants. Check-in is at 6:30 p.m. every night, year-round.

Community Weather Station

During extreme heat, cold, or heavy rain, The Salvation Army opens its doors to anyone needing temporary protection from the elements, including citizens that aren’t homeless but don’t have air conditioning or heat in their homes.  The Salvation Army dining hall, located inside The Salvation Army’s Community Kitchen is opened as a cooling, warming, or drying station when needed.  The availability of the weather station is announced by posting weather flags outside the building: Blue for rain, Red for cooling, White for warming. The flags signal that the station is open to receive clients.

During extremely cold conditions at night, The Salvation Army Shelter will take as many individuals as there are beds, on a first come first served basis. For more information call 256-536-8876

Emergency Shelter & Lodge

305 Seminole Dr. SW,
Huntsville, AL

From; accessed July 12, 2018.

Downtown Rescue Mission



Our emergency services are available at no charge to all in need. We provide warm meals served three times a day, safe overnight shelter, laundry services, hygiene/shower services, temporary baggage storage, and the opportunity to join our recovery program.

All overnight guests of the Mission are allowed to stay on our campus each day of the month. We do not purge individuals from our campus after breakfast. We desire for people to take steps to clean up their life by joining our Biblically-based recovery program.; accessed July 13, 2018.


Interfaith Mission Service



The FOODline pantry ministry coordinates among 15–20 congregations that have food pantries to provide emergency food to families in immediate need.  FOODLine has been in operations since 1994, when requests for food assistance began to overwhelm the HELPLine system.  In the past eight years, FOODline has served more than 93,000 men, women, and children in theHuntsville area, and the need continues to grow.; accessed July 13, 2018.