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Sheriff Launches Plan To Remove Homeless From Courthouse Steps

CINCINNATI: (WKRC) Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil says homeless people sleeping on the courthouse steps is a health problem.
It's been a problem for years.
Every morning Hamilton County workers have to hose off the steps the homeless use as toilets and wash away garbage left behind. 
Tonight, the sheriff is working with other agencies to do more than just move them somewhere else.

County deputies will kick off phase one of a plan tonight to introduce themselves and try to identify the homeless.  The "soft phase" is expected to last about four weeks, where deputies and human service professionals will work to determine the needs of the homeless (economic, mental health, addiction to alcohol and/or drugs, etc,).  

Phase Two will then involve removing the homeless to the appropriate place.
Phase Three will then involve the cleaning and repairing of county property.
Local 12's Deborah Dixon will share more on the strategy tonight on Local 12 live at 11 pm.     



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