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Akron police chief James Nice is responding to a recent article pointing out that items belonging to the homeless were taken and thrown away during a sweep of an area where some were found trespassing on private property.
Nice says that wasn't the case. He says abandoned items will be thrown away, but the city had given advance notice to those who were asked to leave the area.
"There's things that are abandoned, so they are put in the trash." said Nice. "I read in the paper that the police are throwing people's things away and it's just not what it's portrayed to be."
The original article published in the Beacon Journal talked about discussions between the city of Akron and several nonprofit groups to move homeless relief away from the Northside area, where businesses and others have submitted complaints.
The article referenced a homeless man who said his property was thrown away, including his VA papers and an American flag.
"They go out and they meet with all those people. They talk to them and give them every opportunity, plenty of time to move things, but then they have to clean those sites up - both for a safety situation and sanitary conditions," said Nice.
Akron Deputy Director of Public Service Phillip Montgomery told the Beacon Journal that in response to the concerns regarding trespassing on private property, the city found a new location to distribute food, clothing and other items to those in need.
Those who have been getting together under the Y-Bridge will soon meet at another building. Community Support Services officials said it will be at one of two buildings owned by the organization: at the Department of Veterans Affairs Community Resource and Referral Center on Voris Street or at the CSS Homeless Outreach headquarters on Wolf Ledges.
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