New shelter just for women opens this summer in Cincinnati. (Provided by 3CDC).
Women's Drop Inn Shelter is under construction on Reading Road in Mount Auburn. (FOX19 NOW/Miranda Del Pozo)
MOUNT AUBURN, OH (FOX19) -
With dangerously cold temperatures, the city of Cincinnati is working to take care of its homeless population.
The Drop Inn Center is building two facilities: one to house men and a second to help women.
The $8 million women's shelter is under construction at 1499 Reading Rd. in Mount Auburn and should open this summer. The 60-bed facility is focusing on the specific needs of women facing homelessness and rebuilding lives.
The Drop Inn Center has been helping men and women for 30 years, but this is the first time women will have their own facility. It will offer food, shelter and safety. The facility will also focus on women's health issues.
Women will not be forced to leave during the day, and will receive services to help them move from homeless into residences.
As of December, crews were continuing masonry work on the roof and beginning steel work. They also were working on metal framing for the first floor. This will offer more emergency shelter beds, from 42 to 60, with non-dormitory sleeping quarters.
The project is being funding through a community effort with grants. The city of Cincinnati, 3CDC and the Ohio Housing Finance Agency.