- Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015

CINCINNATI (AP) - A $14 million inn in Cincinnati that is intended to provide safe and affordable housing for single women has officially opened its doors.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports (https://cin.ci/1cNDX9Y ) that the Anna Louise Inn has opened its site in the Mount Auburn neighborhood after more than 100 years in downtown Cincinnati. Hundreds of people attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 9.

The four-floor inn has 85 efficiency apartments that have kitchenettes and separate bedroom, bathroom and living spaces. It also features intercoms and key-card entry for security purposes.

Rhonda Claiborne, who has lived at the inn for five years, says the new location offers more privacy.

“The new facility is awesome because we have our own bathroom and kitchen in our apartment now,” Claiborne said.

The inn founded in 1909 by Cincinnati Union Bethel also houses Union Bethel’s Off the Streets program, which helps women involved in prostitution find safety and reintegrate back into the community. The new inn is adjacent to the Esther Marie Hatton Center for Women, which opened June 5.

The Off the Streets program will have its own wing at the inn, with dorm-style bedrooms and one large kitchen. Melton said she expects the nonprofit to be in the building for another 100 years.

“We are so excited,” said Mary Carol Melton, executive vice president of Cincinnati Union Bethel. “It’s such a demonstration of the community coming together, really keeping focus on the importance of the mission and the importance of affordable housing in our community.”

Residents will begin moving into the inn next week, and a Marriott hotel chain- Autograph Collection -will take over the inn’s former location on downtown’s Lytle Park. The group that bought the downtown site in 2013, Western & Southern Financial Group, has not given a timeline for the conversion of that building.

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Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, https://www.enquirer.com


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