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Camping ban ends Pittsburgh 'homeless' sleepover

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A communication breakdown coupled with Pittsburgh's ban on overnight camping in city parks prevented about 300 people from sleeping outside overnight to raise money to help the homeless.

Adrienne Walnoha, the CEO of Community Human Services, which had planned the fourth-annual sleepover tells a local newspaper that the outcome was "an irony."

The group raises money and awareness of its homeless assistance program by having people sleep overnight in the portico of the City-County Building downtown. This year, the group moved got a permit to move the event to Schenley Park to draw more attention - but city officials granted it under the assumption the event would once again be at the building.

When city officials learned it wasn't, they broke up the event at 11 p.m. Friday because of the camping ban in parks.

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