Akron will notify homeless before taking their belongings

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Homeless people will get two days' notice before Akron officials remove their belongings from public property and will have a chance to reclaim those items under a settlement in a federal lawsuit.

People who lost their belongings during sweeps of homeless camps had sued city officials with help from law students and a professor from Case Western Reserve University.

The settlement approved this week calls for Akron to store seized items for a month so they can be reclaimed.

Case Western law professor Avidan Cover calls it a victory for the homeless community.

The mayor's chief of staff, James Hardy, tells the Akron Beacon Journal that having a protocol will help the city serve all residents, homeless or not.

He says Akron is paying $20,000 in damages and court costs.
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