Friends of the Anna Louise Inn
For over one hundred years, the Anna Louise Inn has been a part of the Lytle Park district, and we’re trying to make the Inn even better!
If you believe in the mission of the Anna Louise Inn and you’d like to help, here is how!
Friends of the Anna Louise Inn helps us tell our story and how much the Anna Louise Inn has meant to women in Cincinnati.
Friends of ALI also helps with donations. We need in-kind donations to furnish the rooms once the renovation is complete and donations for our legal fees and costs associated with defending the Inn against Western & Southern.
A number of community members and organizations recognize the importance of the Anna Louise Inn and support its mission to provide safe and affordable housing for women. They appreciate that women in Cincinnati have an option for permanent supportive housing in a location that is within walking distance of downtown Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky and that is close to a bus line. They recognize that the Anna Louise Inn is a good neighbor and contributes to the economic vitality of its neighborhood and the city. And they believe the renovation will create jobs.
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Here is a sampling of our many supporters.
Anna Louise Inn Renovation:
As you know Cincinnati Union Bethel was awarded approximately $12 million in tax credits in July 2010 from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) to renovate and repair the Anna Louise Inn. We have already begun to lay the groundwork for the renovation project. A feasibility study has been done, an architect has been selected and designs are being finalized.
The total project cost is $12.4 million, funded primarily by a HUD HOME loan and private equity generated from the sale of low-income housing tax credits and historic tax credits.
In August 2010, we selected McGill Smith & Punshon (MSP) architects to design the renovation. MSP has ample experience with historical buildings and green initiatives. Its design will ensure the Anna Louise Inn renovation pays tribute to the building’s past, while ensuring the residence is efficient for the future.
Changes to Expect:
The mission at Anna Louise Inn will not change; however, there will be a new focus on permanent supportive housing. The new focus will bring stable, long-term residents to the Inn and assist with the Homeless to Homes initiative goals. The design plan will transition the small dormitory-style units with shared bathrooms and dining to larger units with private bathrooms and kitchens. Though the Inn’s overall capacity will decrease slightly, the quality of life for residents will improve. The goal of the renovation is to have the interior changes match the beauty of the historic building’s exterior, which will also see improvements.
Unfortunately, the lawsuit filed by Western & Southern has derailed the timeline. As much as possible, we will be doing the construction in phases to avoid unnecessary disruption to our residents and our mission.