The temporary accommodation plan for the homeless is no longer an option during the World Games

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – The Compassion Project team has announced some changes to its efforts to help the homeless during and after the World Games.

The team hoped to have enough houses and temporary shelters to provide everyone displaced by the World Games security perimeters with a place to go.

Several organizations have teamed up to build the shelters and provide resources.

Unfortunately, no one will sleep inside the temporary houses during the World Games. It comes as questions about their overall safety have started to mount, especially with rising temperatures.

“We do not intend to permit their use or operationalization until we are absolutely certain that they are safe. This has always been a core value of the project, as has the idea that people should be able to experience the trauma of homelessness with dignity and safety,” said Alabama Center for Architecture volunteer Bruce Lanier.

Other Project Compassion services will still be offered at the Faith Chapel care center and they include food, showers, counseling and leaders hope those who attend will give their thoughts on the temporary homes.

“What we will be doing during the games is to use this unique opportunity where a significant number of homeless homeless people from Birmingham will participate and use the services offered at the Faith Chapel Care Center site, to receive direct feedback on the design and the nature of this development, of the community it intends to serve,” Lanier said.

This group says they will refine their design based on that feedback and move them after the games in hopes that one day they become operational. It’s also important to note that while several organizations are teaming up to make all of this happen, neither the World Games nor the City of Birmingham are involved in the project.

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