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Homeless disperse from downtown camp after order

August 7, 2018

CINCINNATI (AP) — Homeless people living along a busy downtown Cincinnati street have dispersed under a judge’s order.

There were few remnants of their encampment on a rainy Tuesday morning, a day after the order was issued. A Hamilton County judge on Monday approved the prosecutor’s request for a temporary restraining order requiring removal of tent cities in the central business district. That order came after city officials closed the camp Friday to sanitize it, but homeless individuals returned with their tents soon after cleaning crews left.

Homeless advocates say they’re trying to connect people with resources and places to stay.

Some authorities cited drug and health issues in calling for removal of high-profile encampments near entertainment areas including two stadiums and an arena.

A hearing on Monday’s order is scheduled Aug. 20.

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