(Queensgate) -- One of the organizations that help the homeless in the Tri-State will be moving in the next year. City Gospel Mission is building a new campus on Dalton Avenue, in Queensgate. The new facility will have overnight emergency shelter space for 75 men, and 36 beds for people transitioning in the Homeless to Homes plan. The plan was developed in 2008, to help people get off the streets, and into permanent living facilities.
City Gospel Mission President Roger Howell says the other building will house Lord's Gym, job training, and drug and alcohol rehab services.
The campus is where the right field bleachers of Crosley Field once stood, and the shelter will remember that history. The Reds Hall of Fame and Museum is helping remember the ballpark, with a mural, embedded bases, foul lines and a light tower. Rick Walls with the Reds Museum says 1805 Dalton is where their aim will intersect with that of the Mission: to provide inspiration.
The City Gospel Mission has been working with the City, Hamilton County, 3CDC and the group Strategies to End Homelessness. The projected cost, and the first three years of operation is about $16 million. 3CDC has committed to financing about $11 million of that.
The Mission's current home, on Elm, is being sold to 3CDC. Howell says they'll still have a presence in Over-the-Rhine, with transitional housing, but their new facility on Dalton will allow them to do much more, and serve more people.
Howell says the world has changed and shelters need to provide more than just 3 hots and a cot.