Maslow’s Army has been back on Fountain Square for several weeks but won’t be able to operate there anymore at the end of this month, Landis said.
“On Sunday, Sept. 2, we are officially homeless,” Landis told county commissioners.
Landis assured commissioners that Maslow’s Army has liability insurance and asked them to help speed up the hunt for a new, permanent location.
“We also are looking for a space that is nonprogrammable, one that can provide safety and security” for the many volunteers that help Maslow’s Army each week, he said. “I like to quote my wife: ‘Maslow’s Army is more than just a change of clothes. We’re a change in life.’”
Hamilton County Commission President Todd Portune thanked Landis and his wife, Susan Landis, for the work their organization does and said the county would continue to work to be helpful in identifying a new, more permanent location.
Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Robert Ruehlman last week issued an order that bans homeless encampments on public property throughout Hamilton County as long as local shelters have space available.
But, despite the ban, Maslow’s Army wants to continue its weekly outreach in downtown Cincinnati, Samuel Landis told WCPO after he spoke with commissioners.
“We still work with individuals in shelters,” he said. “They like to engage in a community outreach like what Maslow’s Army is providing. They like to feel part of a community.”
More information about Maslow’s Army can be found on the organization’s website and its Facebook page.
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