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The new Hope House will also feature in-house counseling and social services and other resources, he said. The facility will be staffed with full-time nurses and a doctor will also make periodic visits each week.
Williams said 90 percent of the men who end up at Hope House are substance abuse addicts, have mental health issues, or both.
The sizes of the dorm rooms in the temporary shelter will hold, four, six or eight clients who will sleep in bunk beds, each with a drawer to store personal items. There will be bathrooms with showers, a cafeteria, chapel, commercial kitchen and a larger intake area. In the intake area, clients can do paperwork get a shower and switch into temporary scrubs while they launder their clothing before being assigned a dorm room.
Williams said the temporary shelter will have an area where and entire homeless family can stay together that includes a separate bathroon/shower area.
The facility will also house administrative offices for staff. Hope House is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cincinnati-based City Gospel Mission.
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“It’s very exciting,” Williams said. “We’re serving our purpose and getting off of Main Street, which is important to the city.”
The faith-based nonprofit also operates a women’s shelter on Girard Avenue. Williams said the organization made the mens shelter a priority since the building on Main Street was sold. He said the organization will address the women’s shelter at a later date
“We’re very excited about the revitalization of downtown Middletown,” he said.