Anna Louise Inn Sold

I was reading the Streetvibes (Cincinnati's Street newspaper) from Cincinnati and they detailed the sale of the Anna Louise Inn to developers.   We covered this last year with a call for boycotting Western and Southern over their bullying of this shelter and permanent supportive housing.   The folks at Streetvibes and the staff of the Cincinnati Coalition are not too happy about the deal. 

The shelter operator decided that the long drawn out court case was not worth it anymore.  Developers had paid enough so that the shelter could relocate to a new facility and serve the same number of women.  There will be a boutique hotel on the site so that the employees of Western and Southern will not have to think about homelessness on their way to work. 

Josh, the Executive Director, was especially clear that they would remember the actions of Western and Southern and their CEO John Barrett.  This one hundred year old landmark in Cincinnati has to move.   These women trying to find stability will be pushed to some other part of town.  The agency will be forced to start over in a new facility, and Western and Southern will have succeeded in pushing a Not-in My-Backyard strategy. 

Brian Davis

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