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The Move Forward Housing Stability Program is our comprehensive program designed for those who are wanting to move from homelessness to housing stability.  Our program includes a stay in our Step 1 Residential Shelter where you will receive wrap-around services, therapy, case management and support to address your critical needs.  We also offer Step 2 group living and Step 3 independent living program as the next steps toward housing stability that is still supported by our team.  The goal is that every graduate of the Move Forward program is able to live independently and self-sufficiently outside of Serve City.  

To learn more about the Move Forward Program please contact Residential Director Heather Smith at 

513-737-8900 ext 102 or heathers@serve-cityorg 

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The Serve City Residential Shelter is a homeless shelter designed for those who are wishing to end the cycle of homelessness and move forward into housing stability and independence.  

Serve City is a low-barrier shelter with minimal requirements for service however proof of residence in Butler County and some form of identification is required during intake and a clean sex-offender record. Other rules and requirements will be shared at the intake.


Neighbors can stay at the Shelter for between 90 and 180 days depending on need.  

Support services are offered to all residents and guests on-site including showers, laundry, 3 meals a day, connections to local resources, and obtaining personal documentation just to name a few. 

The Serve City Residential Shelter

Often Serve CIty has a waitlist for Step 1 Residential Shelter as our capacity is constantly at full. To learn more about how to get on our waitlist or to check your waitlist status please contact Shelter Manager Amber Smith at

513-737-8900 option 1 or

The Serve City Group Living Apartments

Serve City developed CHOICES Group Living Apartments to create a solution to a growing housing problem in the community. There was a breakdown in the housing system that left too many people without housing options. Many of them would end up in one of Butler County’s emergency shelters and truly have nowhere else to go. CHOICES is providing transitional housing for homeless residents needing additional time to get back on their feet. CHOICES provides 48 beds in 12 apartments.

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The Serve City

Independent Living Apartments

The Serve City Independent Living Apartments include Serve City’s 25 efficiency unit apartments. Formerly known as, Shekinah Place, which means the presence of God on earth or a symbol or manifestation of His presence, was opened in 2011 through the hard work and generosity of many individuals and churches.  Serve City was privileged to receive funding for Shekinah Place from the City of Hamilton.

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