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.
City Gospel Mission, 3CDC and Strategies to End Homelessness officially kicked off construction of the City Gospel Mission Campus Thursday morning. The new campus at 1805 Dalton Avenue is part of the five-facility system of Cincinnati's Homeless to Homes Plan. It will provide 74 emergency beds and 36 transitional housing beds.
"We'll have day service programs, case management, recreation and three meals a day," said City Gospel Mission President Roger Howell. "Our other facility will have the Lord's Gym, which is recreation and working out, getting your body back in shape."