Interfaith Hospitality House

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The Interfaith Hospitality House (IHH) is a homeless shelter operated by the YWCA of Central Alabama to serve six resident families needing emergency shelter and support services. It is one of the only shelters to accept families with adolescent males.

The center was founded in 1983 by Maurice Branscomb, rector of Grace Episcopal Church, in an existing house next door at 5704 1st Avenue North in Woodlawn. The YWCA took over operation of the center in 2007 and soon began planning to construct a new facility.

On September 22, 2009, the center moved to a new building nearby at 5916 1st Avenue South. The new center's residential building is separated from the community areas and offices by a breezeway. The 9,000 square foot complex was designed by Marzette Fisher & Associates and built by Golden Construction.

The YWCA also began renovating 58 nearby apartments as transitional housing as part of an overall $11 million "YWoodlawn" revitalization project.


  • Gray, Jeremy (June 6, 2010) "Caring effort brings revival to Birmingham's Woodlawn neighborhood." The Birmingham News

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