QUEENSGATE, OH (FOX19) - Rather than give inhabitants of the area's largest most-established homeless camp 72 hours to vacate, Lighthouse Youth Services staff worked with Cincinnati Police officers to connect residents with services and housing to help move them rather than evict them.
Of the residents that fell into the target age group for Lighthouse Sheakley Center for Youth, 18 to 24 years, several are receiving services from Lighthouse. Working with other agencies, most have been moved to temporary housing and services.
Included in the camp were four women who were domestic violence survivors and who had six very protective dogs with them. Connecting with Animal Rescue volunteers, even the dogs are safely housed and have been checked by a vet.
All of the homeless people from the camp are now gone, and Lighthouse staff and volunteers, along with CPD Quality of Life Officers, are going to clean-up the site Wednesday morning beginning at 10 a.m.
"The youth, as well as the chronically homeless, of this city matter to us, and we are committed to supporting endeavors like Lighthouse Youth Services and their quest to end youth homelessness and help connect people with housing and services," said Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell.
"Cincinnati Police Department and Lighthouse Youth Services came together to help solve the issue of homelessness in a deeper way - the police had to move them on, yet together we were able to move them on in a more meaningful and productive way by connecting the majority to services that could help," said Bob Mecum, president and CEO of Lighthouse Youth Services.
For more information about Lighthouse Youth Services visit their website.