CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Homelessness is a major concern, especially as the weather starts to turn cold. It's estimated 750 people sleep on the streets or in a shelter in Hamilton County every night.
Right now, work is underway to transform the old Butternut building on West 5th Street in Queensgate into the new men's Drop Inn Center.
Once work is complete, it is going to be a 150 bed shelter for men. There will be smaller sleeping quarters for more privacy, safety and cleanliness. There are also going to be day services and case workers on site, as well as, a kitchen and laundry facility.
The total price tag for the work is just over $18 million dollars. It is part of a larger $41 million dollar project that also includes work on three other shelters.
Development group 3CDC is behind the project. A company spokeswoman said right now work on the men's drop inn center is experiencing a $6 million dollar funding gap, meaning it won't be built until that gap is filled.
She said they are confident that they will raise the remaining capital and hope to be in full construction by the end of the year.
The center is expected to open before Winter 2015.