Hamilton County planning to build first domestic abuse shelter

Hamilton County is planning to spend $5 million to construct its first domestic abuse shelter, which county officials said is “a long time coming.”

The planned 20,000-square-foot shelter will be built at 637 Sheridan Road between Hague and River roads near Cicero Creek.

Prevail Inc. of Hamilton County, a not-for-profit that specializes in working with families, children, teens and adults who have experienced trauma, will manage the shelter.

The Noblesville Board of Zoning Appeals on Monday night approved a change in zoning for the shelter.

“I’m just excited that we’ll be able to provide these services in county for any victims that are in our communities that need these services,” Hamilton County Commissioner Mark Heirbrandt told IBJ. “This is a big deal. I just got chills. It’s something we have been working to get done for many years.”

Heirbrandt said the shelter will have 10 extended-stay style suites to house people escaping abusive situations. People experiencing domestic violence in Hamilton County currently are sent to facilities in Indianapolis or in Madison County, he said.

“It’s just not conducive to try to maintain any structure in the family,” Heirbrandt said. “We need a facility here for the people in our community.”

Heirbrandt said the county paid $500,000 for two rental houses that will be demolished to make way for the shelter.

Groundbreaking is expected to take place in about six months and construction could take about a year, Heirbrandt said.

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