Anniston using hotel rooms for warming centers

Anniston offering hotels as warming stations

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - Anniston is opening warming centers with a twist.

Previously city workers have manned community centers for people who need a warm place to stay, but concerns about COVID-19 and social distancing led city officials to believe that type of set up could be dangerous.

So city officials have partnered with a homeless advocacy group called The Right Place.

They will use emergency hotel room vouchers to find people a warm place to stay.

“They, through the use of emergency hotel vouchers, have secured several hotel rooms throughout the area,” says Anniston City Public Information Officer Jackson Hodges. “We’re going to be using our Parks and Recreation Department to shuttle those that are seeking warmth and assistance to the various hotels that the Right Place has identified.”

Anyone who needs help should contact The Right Place by phone, email or social media.

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