Boutwell warming station closed as temperatures dip below freezing

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Frigid temperatures are upon us, and that means it’s important to have some place warm to spend the overnight hours.

The Boutwell warming station is not open, and the City of Birmingham has not opened any official warming stations, but help is still available for those who need it.

WIAT reached out to the city and received the following statement:

“Unfortunately, no, we do not have an alternative location and were unable to have the warming station tonight,” spokesperson April Odom said in an email. “However, we are working with local area homeless shelters and the BPD to help anyone in need get to a shelter.”

Grace Episcopal Church is opening its doors to anyone who needs someplace warm to stay.

“We serve a hot meal for dinner, we provide cots, a warm blanket, sheets, clean socks for them, and a safe place for the night,” said Kay Williams.

The shelter opens at 5:30 each night if the temperature drops below 32 degrees. The church is located on 1st Avenue North, in the Woodlawn area.

Don Lupo, the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Citizen Assistance, posted the following on Facebook:

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