Economic Development, Featured, Uncategorized
Mayor Kenneth Gulley has proclaimed April as Fair Housing Month in the city of Bessemer.
The local proclamation coincides with the national declaration of April as Fair Housing Month.
Each April, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, local communities, fair housing advocates, and fair housing organizations across the country commemorate Fair Housing Month by hosting an array of activities that highlight HUD’s fair housing enforcement efforts, enhance Americans’ awareness of their fair housing rights, and emphasize the importance of ending housing discrimination.
The city’s Economic and Community Development Department and Mayor’s Office will serve as co-sponsors of the United Way of Central Alabama’s virtual Fair Housing workshop, which is scheduled for Thursday, April 15, 2021, from noon to 1:30 p.m.  Landlords and tenants in Bessemer are urged to attend the event.
Information on the event is below: 

Fair Housing: Know Your Rights!
Presented by United Way Housing Alliance in partnership with the City of Bessemer and the Center for Fair Housing
April 15, 12 noon to 1:30 pm
Free via Zoom
CLICK HERE to register  or visit

Featured, Public Safety, Uncategorized, Upcoming Event

The CDBG public hearing has been postponed until further notice due to coronavirus concerns. Please fill out the survey linked at the bottom of the page to provide feedback on areas you feel should be community development priorities. Thank you.

The city of Bessemer’s Economic and Community Development Department is seeking the input of residents and other interests as it seeks to develop a Five-Year Action Plan as part of the Community Development Block Grant, or CDBG, program.

The federally-funded program is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The city of Bessemer is an entitlement city and receives funding each year through the program.  Money from the program can cover a variety of activities aimed at enriching the lives of low-income residents, including upgrading infrastructure, rehabilitating housing and providing funding for job creation.

In order to ensure funding, the city must first develop a plan of how the funding will be spent.

The public’s participation in developing this Action Plan is critical.  With input from residents, the plan will outline spending goals and priorities for the program over the next five years.

“We would really like to hear from residents of Bessemer about ways they think this funding can improve their communities,” said Toraine Norris, Mayor’s Assistant. “This funding can be used in a variety of ways, whether its improving infrastructure, rehabilitating houses of low income individuals and eligible seniors or improving public facilities and parks to make them ADA compliant.”

The department has two ways this year for citizens to provide feedback. A CDBG Public Hearing will be held on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 6 p.m. at Bessemer City Hall, 1700 Third Avenue North.  The public is invited to attend.

The second way residents can participate is through an online survey, available until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 17. The survey, developed by Community Development staff, is available at the bottom of this page.

The CDBG program funds 28 eligible activities that include infrastructure, economic development projects, installation of public facilities, community centers, housing rehabilitation, public services, clearance/acquisition, microenterprise assistance, code enforcement, and homeowner assistance, to name a few.

To take part in the survey, click the following link: Click to take Survey

To review past action plans, visit the Community Development page at

To learn more about the CDBG program, visit the following links:


Featured, Public Safety, Uncategorized, Upcoming Event

The city of Bessemer operates a Community Storm Shelter at 651 Ninth Avenue Southwest, next to the Bessemer Police Department’s Emergency Operations Center.

Public Safety personnel will open the Storm Shelter to the public whenever a Tornado Watch or Warning is issued that includes the immediate Bessemer area.  The Shelter will close once the watch or warning is cancelled.

The Storm Shelter can hold up to 100 persons. No pets will be allowed.

Shelter seekers can bring small food items and water to the shelter.


Featured, Public Safety, Uncategorized, Upcoming Event

Classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Bessemer Civic Center between April 21 and April 30. Classes will include information on: patrol procedures, criminal law, search and seizure, tactical operations, juvenile law, firearm safety and more.

The cost to attend is free. Interested Bessemer residents are asked to contact Police Sergeant Alexia Bruister at 205-417-3900 to sign up or for additional information.  The academy is open only to Bessemer residents.

Download the flyer here