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Homeless advocacy group says city wants to close cold shelter

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A local homeless advocacy group says the city wants to close a cold shelter, but city officials says that's not the case.

He greater Cincinnati coalition for the homeless says an emergency cold shelter in Over-the-Rhine may not be there this winter.

"Like most things, it started out as a whisper, a rumor," said Rob Goeller with Cincy Coalition for the Homeless. "Someone mentioned it off the cuff that the Cincinnati Recreation Commission may not open a shelter this winter and we did some talking with the city and found out this is true."

According to the Cincinnati Health Department, the agency that calls for the shelter to be open at the recreation center, it's news to them.

"This is clearly a concern that is unfounded as far as the Health Department," said Dr. Noble Maseru, director of the Health Department.

The Coalition for the Homeless hope and pray that is the case, especially when the snow flies.

"If the city, the Cincinnati Recreation Commission, does not open the emergency cold weather shelter this winter people will die," said Goeller.

Last year, the emergency cold shelter was open 23 nights.

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