Butler County uses jail as shelter

By Tiffany Teasley – bio | email

HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - Anthony Olberding is just trying to stay warm.
"I'm homeless, I have no place to go, my family turned me away and this is the last resort," Olberding said.
A last resort that's become his lifeline, he's staying at the Butler County Sheriff's Office minimum security jail building on Second street, its been converted into a shelter for people like Anthony trying to escape the cold.
"They've kept food in our belly and sheltered us," Olberding said
"It's a way that at this time when people are in need of a warm place to say they can utilize the jail here, it's something that we can utilize," said Maj. William Stump of the Butler County Sheriff's Office.
Those in need are provided with food, beds, and can even take a shower at the facility.
"They get a couple blankets, a pillow, sheets, the meals are provided, there is staff over there that checks on them and keeps tabs on them, and it's just a place to get them warm and keep them dry," Stump said.
The Sheriff's office is working with local shelters like the Hope House Rescue Mission to meet the overflow needs of the shelters that have been inundated with people trying to staying warm.
"The Sheriff has always taken the stance that we don't want to see anyone freeze to death," Stump said.
And Olberding says he'll stay for as long as he can.
"I have no place to go for the winter period, so this will be the place I'll have to stay, and thank God it's here," Olberding said.

Anyone seeking shelter in Butler County should still contact their local shelter first -- if that shelter is at capacity then that agency will contact the Sheriff's office to utilize the jail.

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