WOOSTER — The city is considering approving an ordinance that would charge homeless people with a crime if they refuse to go to shelter, Beacon Journal/Ohio.com partner News 5 Cleveland reports.

A first offense for the minor misdemeanor would be a $150 fine. A second offense could result in a $250 fine and 30 days in jail.

City Council will discuss the proposal Monday.

"We're not looking at it from a teeth standpoint," Law Director John Scavelli told the television station. "We're looking at it as way to go out and gauge, talk to people, and get them into available shelter space. Sometimes people don't know about the shelter space that's available to them."

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