Transition into permanent housing in 30 days or less with increased income: that’s Shelterhouse’s goal for all its residents.
Shelterhouse, formerly known as the Drop Inn Center, has two locations: the women’s shelter on Reading Rd. and the men’s shelter on Gest St.
At each location, residents have three meals a day, laundry services, targeted case management, medical and dental care on site, daily group activities, sleeping quarters and a private outdoor courtyard.
“We are the only low-barrier walk-in shelter in Hamilton County,” said Arlene Nolan, Executive Director at Shelterhouse.
While other facilities have waiting lists, strict sobriety requirements, and limited times in which new residents may apply, Shelterhouse will conduct an intake any time for anyone older than 18 who shows up homeless and says they’re capable of self-care, Nolan said.
“As a result, we’ve become the safety net [for many homeless people].”
Nolan leads the team at David and Rebecca Barron Center for Men, which is set up for expansion when in need. During colder months, an extra 10,000-square-foot winter shelter is used for overflow.
“Last night we were 121% over capacity” Nolan said, noting that this number is low for them. “It’s about being available, accommodating, and flexible.”
Walking around the facility, one wouldn’t guess they’re over capacity. The common areas seem vibrant, social, and interactive. In the dorms, people can nap, read or keep to themselves. There is something here for every need.
Last year Shelterhouse served 2,423 homeless people.
During their stay, guests are required to complete chores and stay accountable by setting and working toward personal goals.
The staff regularly gathers data to measure recidivism and improve existing programs. Residents have full internet access to research opportunities like job placement and appropriate housing after their stay.
Esther Marie Hatton Center for Women
2499 Reading Road
Cincinnati, OH 45202
David and Rebecca Barron Center for Men
411 Gest Street
Cincinnati, OH 45203