Officials call move of large homeless camp a success
Workers clean up the Queensgate homeless camp. (FOX19)
QUEENSGATE, OH (FOX19) -
Cincinnati Police and several homeless organizations on Tuesday cleaned up a camp where people without homes have been living for years.
The move was brought on by a business owner's request to move the homeless people in the area. Police say the owner put up signs to deter the people, then asked officials to get involved. Downtown homeless organizations found out about the situation and asked police to take an approach different from their 72 hour eviction.
"We have done a 90 day process of trying to be compassionate, while at the same time law enforcement still has to enforce the laws," said John Keuffer, from Lighthouse Sheakley Center.
Of the 15 people who were moved out, Keuffer says 13 left voluntarily, and all were offered services to help with housing and things like substance abuse.
"These agencies asked us to give them a chance to provide housing for these individuals, and we absolutely did that, it took 5 or 6 months for it to work out the way that it did," said Officer Angela Vance.
Police and the several homeless organizations spent the entire day cleaning out the camp. More than 9 dump trucks were used to clean up the camp.