Another night of frigid temperatures means an overflow crowd at the Drop Inn Center.
In the warmth of the shelter, Ron Stewart explains a failed relationship put him on the streets and this facility has been helping him for the past three weeks. He is singing the praises of the Drop Inn Center which provides him with a place to eat and sleep, and a way out of homelessness.
Stewart says, "I'm making friends. I have a support system and I'm looking forward to being in my own place by the beginning of next month."
Cincinnati Council could soon be asked to add homeless status or perceived homeless status to the city's hate crimes law.
Council Member Chris Seelbach and others are making the announcement Thursday during a press conference near the Drop Inn Center in Over-the-Rhine.
"Which means that if police determine that the crime was committed because the person was homeless or perceived to be homeless, then a judge could add up to 180 days on the sentence of the person who committed the crime," Seelbach said.