A new homeless shelter is being planned

A recent meeting of key individuals in the Clermont County community has helped spur progress on the new Clermont County Homeless Shelter.

Billie Kuntz, executive director of community action, said that the meeting, held last week, included several key members of the community in a communication and strategy discussion designed to map out a plan of action.

“We had a lot of communication, a lot of ideas tossed around,” said Kuntz. “There were about 10 people there. We’ve also had people give a commitment to do foundation work, plumbing, and HVAC. We’re starting to generate a lot of support for donations.”

The homeless shelter currently sits near Mercy Hospital Clermont on Hospital Drive. However, the structure is small and aging, and can’t come close to meeting the demand of homeless individuals in the community. A long-term plan to construct a new shelter gained speed a few months ago when the Batavia Township Trustees entered into a lease with community action to provide a key piece of land for the project.