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Homeless coalition suing Cincinnati over panhandling rules

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless filed suit against the city of Cincinnati on Wednesday, citing that the city's new rules on panhandling are unconstitutional.

The GCCH was represented by Jennifer Kinsley in court Wednesday as the suit against the city was filed. The coalition claims that preventing people from panhandling, or asking for people for money or help on the streets, is a violation of First Amendment rights.

Homeless advocates also say that anyone caught asking for help on the street could face big problems, and so could the shelters that help them. They're afraid that shelters that won't enforce the policy will lose their funding from the City of Cincinnati and the Housing and Urban Development fund.

One of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit, Paul Eggleston, Sr., currently lives in a shelter. He believes that the new rules won't help the homeless situation in the city, and that the city of Cincinnati need to "take more time to focus on the solution than creating a different problem."

The new rules went into effect June 3. They require shelters to have "clear and consistent consequences" for people who panhandle.

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