Emergency winter shelters for homeless in jeopardy

CINCINNATI -- Hamilton County's emergency shelters for the homeless do not have the capacity or resources to serve everyone in need during the upcoming cold months.

For the last two years, organizations across Cincinnati have collaborated to add capacity and resources to the shelter system to ensure that all homeless or needy people have a safe and warm place to sleep from December through February.

Cincinnati City Council voted last week to provide $30,000 in funding for the winter shelter, but they would need an additional $25,000 to add consistent seasonal shelter.

“If additional shelter capacity is not available, homeless people will have no choice but to remain on the streets, at risk of hypothermia or even death,” said Kevin Finn, president and CEO of Strategies to End Homelessness.

 “The Winter Shelter brings homeless people in off the streets, and also provides connections to housing and services targeted toward helping them out of homelessness,” said Finn.

Last winter, the shelter served more than 600 people between their two locations on Race Street and 12th Street. 

Donations to support the Winter Shelter can be made to Strategies to End Homelessness by visiting www.strategiestoendhomelessness.org , or by calling 513.263.2780.

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