These beds at the Shelterhouse are filled at night.
These beds at the Shelterhouse are filled at night.

Clerk of Courts tries to rally support for men's homeless shelter

Shelterhouse short $65,000 in operating funds

CINCINNATI -  The Hamilton County Clerk of Courts saw WCPO’s report on the overcrowding and lack of funding at the Shelterhouse and decided to pitch in.

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"I was troubled by it,” said Aftab Pureval.

In a nutshell, the homeless shelter for men, formerly called the Drop Inn Center, is operating at 35 percent over capacity and faces a shortage of $65,000 in operating expenses.

"We are obviously concerned leading up to winter what the numbers will look like and the need will obviously be great," said Arlene Nolan, Executive Director of the Shelterhouse.

Pureval said he planned to serve meals there Tuesday night to show his support.

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"On Giving Tuesday, I'm encouraging everyone in Hamilton County to generously give to the Shelterhouse," said Pureval.

"It's inspiring. These are folks are down on their luck, they're experiencing homeless and poverty and they're fighting back. They're trying hard to get a job and get back on their feet."

The Shelterhouse, now at 611 Gest St.,  doesn’t just provide a bed and a hot meal but long-term support as well.

"Helping them access resources, helping them find a place to stay and making sure they move out the shelter as quickly as possible and stay on their own," Nolan said.

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 "We obviously need the support of the community in order to meet the need of those experiencing homelessness in Cincinnati."

You can donate your time or money to help make the difference. Just visit ShelterhouseCincy.org for more information.

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