Sheriff's office makes donation to Cincinnati homeless

HAMILTON COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Officials with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office presented a $5 thousand check to assist the homeless population in Cincinnati.

The Sheriff's office presented a check to the Cincinnati Homeless Coalition on Thursday to assist with the opening of the "Winter Shelter" at the Drop in Center. The check was presented at the weekly Sheriff's office meeting.

The donation was given after Sheriff Jim Neil announced a plan back in December to stop homeless people from sleeping outside the Hamilton County Courthouse.

Officer Charmaine McGuffey of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office gave an update on the situation Thursday.

"We planned this initiative many weeks in advance, months in advance," explains McGuffey. "My information from the deputies and all of the agencies that come to this table is that we have actually been able to place a number of homeless people in housing, in treatment facilities, mental health agencies and so forth."

The money donated Thursday will assist in opening the new Winter Shelter.

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