The homeless face many economic hardships plus societal discrimination, making it incredibly strenuous to get out of that situation once one finds themself there. I should know, considering I’m also homeless. I make by the best I can, using library PCs to search for available tasks plus aide programs. I frequent community soup home offices plus homeless shelters, doing our best to make use of the resources available to me, however there’s only so much these locations can offer. And, with the recent heat, what they offer isn’t enough. Being homeless while in a heat wave could actually well be a death sentence if you’re unable to find a way to beat the heat. While many shelters have air conditioner, their policies often mandate that you must leave the premises while in the day, plus only return for a location to sleep at evening, kicking all the people out of the air conditioned shelter for the majority of the day while in the time when the heat is at its worst. Many air conditioned properties, such as eating establishments plus stores, will enforce a “no loitering policy” against the homeless, however not other citizens, based on unkempt appearances so that their other clients aren’t made uncomfortable by the presence of the homeless. Without typical temperature control, there is an increased risk of heat stroke as the temperature rises, along with other health concerns such as dehydration, but luckily, many of the local churches have banded together plus announced that they will be converting much of their section into shelters for people love myself while in this heat wave. No one should suffer from a lack of air conditioner when it’s such a typical commodity here, with nearly every building sporting its own HVAC equipment, however sadly that’s not the case. So, for all the other homeless trying to get by plus beat the heat, I wish you luck.
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