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Monday, January 21, 2008

Homeless guys leave strip joint homeless

Posted By on Mon, Jan 21, 2008 at 5:35 AM

So you're saying this lady poses a danger to homeless guys?
About 60 homeless men have moved into the North Point Inn on Superior Avenue. The city’s new male-only shelter will serve as a transition house for guys who are on their way to working full-time. The renovated shelter will house two men per room, better than the 100 to room mess at 2100, the Lakeside Avenue shelter. But while bums were singing, boobs stopped swinging. The city forced Stage2, a strip joint attached to the building, to close down despite the club’s long lease of the space. “We didn’t want any misuse of the building,” says city spokeswoman Andrea Taylor. The forced closure happened after Stage2 rejected the city’s offers to relocate the club. Unfortunately, the move killed Cleveland’s chance to house what would have been the most popular homeless shelter in America… “I don’t think there is any shelter in the states that says it has an attached stripclub,” says Brian Davis, executive director of the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless. “I imagine homeless guys from around the country would come here for the chance to stay.” Meanwhile, the former Aviation High School near Burke Lakefront Airport is finally closing up shop as an overflow site for 2100, due to an edict sent down by the Federal Aviation Administration. The school housed around 185 men a night. 2100 will have to absorb the extra folks, though it doesn’t have room. Davis says the closure will force more men back to the streets. Moreover, North Point Inn does not admit sex offenders, so all the creeps will be forced into 2100. “It’s already overcrowded,” he says. “By March there could be serious problems.” – Bradley Campbell

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