Lydia’s House is currently full. Check this page for updates.
If you have an immediate need for housing, you can call the CAP (Central Access Point) Line at 513-381-SAFE to access housing options for women and children.
Is Lydia’s House the right fit for you? See if you can answer yes to the following:
- Are you a woman?
- Are you between the ages of 18 and 35 years old?
- Are you currently homeless? This can mean:
- You’re staying with family but must move out soon
- You’re in a shelter or other short-term housing
- You’re living in a car or other dwelling that is not a building
- You’re being evicted from your home
- You’re a refugee from a foreign country
- If you have children:
- Are the children in your custody all younger than 12?
- Do you have custody of three or fewer of your children?
- If you struggle with addiction, have you been six months without using?
- Are you comfortable living in a house with other families?
- Can you climb two flights of stairs without assistance?
- Are you able and willing to work, be in a job training program or go to school?
- Do you want to live in a faith-based community that will support you as you work toward your goals?
“This is the ideal of hospitality: being sister to sister, brother to brother, children to the same Parent. Not scientific social work-hospitality. Not haughty superior dealing with ‘problem cases’-hospitality. Not condescending judge dealing with errant accused-hospitality. No, hospitality is derived from the Latin word for ‘guest.’ It expresses a relationship between equal people: host and guest. It is bound by the rules of courtesy and human companionship, and ruled by the law of charity. There are always men and women who need hospitality, for one reason or another. There are, in an imperfect world of imperfect men and women, always those who need a calling back to life, a restoration of personality. There are always those lonely people, in all times, in all places, who need the knowledge of being respected as men and women, of living with other men and women with dignity, of sharing their own burdens with others and bearing some of the burdens for others. Hospitality reminds people that they are sisters and brothers, children of God, dependent on others and capable of being depended on by others. It is not a specialized work, requiring scientific training. It is something for everyone to practice according to the measure they are able to do so. The charm of hospitality, because it is peculiarly human, appeals to all people… It is not surprising that often God should use the hospitality people give each other as an instrument of God’s grace.” – John Cogley, The Catholic Worker, October 1947