More than 50,000 strangers are expected in Cleveland over the next couple of days. The city's homeless will work with law enforcement to protect us during the Republican National Convention.
They call him "Ice." He's landscaping around a building off St. Clair. Why?
"Trying to get ready for the RN convention thing. They're having so everybody did their part and have respect for Cleveland, get a good eye," Ice, a shelter resident, said.
Ice is one of 350 men who call The Men's Shelter at 2100 Lakeside their home. The city's homeless are well aware of the RNC and the protesters who will be here too.
"We've already had some incidents of out-of-towners going to the encampments, and trying to live among the homeless population," said Brian Davis, executive director of Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless.
The coalition passed out fact sheets to the city's street people. The coalition told the homeless to say something if they see something and that's exactly what they did.
They saw someone taking suspicious pictures underneath the Detriot-Superior Bridge, chased him away and called it in.
"You don't want people who may be thinking about doing harm to the city trying to blend in with the homeless population," Davis said.
Meanwhile, the shelters will be open 24 hours, but the out-of-town visitors are not permitted.
"The current homeless shelter system is not for them, so we're gonna be referring people to the county and city resources set aside for them, so that will be adjustment that we're not used to," said Michael Sering, Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry.
There will be dozens of homeless with no shelter.
"Our drop in center had to shut down because of our inability to hire security that week," Davis said.
Dave's Supermarket on Payne Avenue will allow a food truck to use their parking lot, and the coalition will shuttle people to west side shelters for their safety.
"Get people out of the downtown area. Get people out of the protest zone," Davis said.