Dozens Protest Homeless Lockout at Civic Center Garage

- Rochester, NY (WROC)-  A week and a half after owners of the Civic Center garage closed its doors to the homeless, advocates are still fighting the decision.
Today dozens of protestors held up signs outside the County Office building.  A group of approximately 30 homeless people usually spent the night in the garage but now the owners of the garage are locking the doors every weeknight at 8:00pm.

"We have encouraged Monroe county, the LDC board, and the city to please erect a structure a home or find a place for the homeless that were in the garage so they won't be out in the cold," said Sister Grace Miller.

Some of the homeless who stayed in the garage refuse to stay at shelters in the city because they have to follow the shelter's rules in order to stay there.

In response to the protest, Monroe County issued this statement:

“Monroe County invests nearly $5 million and contracts with 17 shelters for emergency housing placements each year, all while operating a State-leading demonstration project to help reach the chronically homeless. The County is proud of its work to improve outcomes for those affected and will continue to partner with respected local shelters and service providers moving forward.”

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