Ohio Sheriff Aims To Get Homeless Off Court Steps

UPDATED: Friday September 13, 2013 8:31 AM

A county sheriff in southwest Ohio says he wants to help and move the dozens of homeless people sleeping near the county courthouse.

Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil tells Cincinnati media outlets that he plans to take a compassionate approach and work with social services to first determine the needs of the homeless before moving them.

About 50 to 60 people frequently stay or sleep near the courthouse and other county buildings at the downtown campus.

Neil says the initiative will happen in phases. Deputies will first talk to homeless individuals about their situations. They can continue to occupy the site and use the public restrooms at the justice center over the next four weeks.

Officials will then begin moving individuals, and start work to clean and repair county property.

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