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Annabelle's Place to provide housing, safety and support to female veterans



North College Hill will soon become home to Annabelle's Place, a new affordable housing community for female veterans. Plans were announced for the project last week.
 
Construction for Annabelle’s Place, which will consist of 12 fully furnished, efficiency apartments — some of which will be specially designed to accommodate female veterans with children — will begin this fall, with an expected completion date of next summer.
 
“We are grateful for the community and the City of North College Hill for their shared belief that every veteran deserves a place to call home,” says Dennis Kresak, president and CEO of Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio.
 
As a national nonprofit, Volunteers of America serves nearly two million individuals, and in Greater Ohio alone, the organization serves more than 12,000.
 
Annabelle’s Place will be situated within walking distance of a grocery store, pharmacy, various employment opportunities, and a bus line.
 
An array of resources and services — case management; support groups like “Military Sexual Trauma” and “Domestic Violence and Moral Injury;” and access to medical professionals — will be provided for women living on the premises, but also to other female veterans living in the area.
 
According to Kresak, female veterans face unique challenges — challenges that differ from those of their male counterparts — upon returning home.
 
“Annabelle’s Place will help to better serve women veterans in the Cincinnati area who are at a greater risk of becoming homeless," Kresak says. "By providing a safe and secure environment where they can live independently while learning to recover and reach their full potential.” 

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Brittany York is a freelance writer, adjunct English composition instructor and server at Orchids at Palm Court. She loves travel and photography. Keep up with Brittany on Instagram @brittbrittbrittbrittany.
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