[Hpn] Extreme Heat Is Hard On Persons Homeless
William Charles Tinker
Tue, 14 Jun 2005 18:26:37 -0400
Sandy Andrews and Tom Boland,
How do persons like Shawn Ray or firstname.lastname@example.org get onto
the Homeless Peoples Network? I believe this list was supposed to
restricted to formerly homeless and currently homeless folks?
This same person named above stated less than 10 days ago that he helps,
"homeless people by mowing them down with a machine gun".
Now whether he said that in jest or not, the abrasive nature of his posts
declare him/her to be hostile towards homeless and poverty issues, he needs
to go do a month long "urban plunge" or walk in the moccasins of homeless
for 30 days and learn some true humanity and humility.
A Brother In The Homeless Struggle
----- Original Message -----
From: shawn ray
To: William Charles Tinker
Sent: Tuesday, June 14, 2005 5:41 PM
Subject: Re: [Hpn] Extreme Heat Is Hard On Persons Homeless
GOOD! Maybe it will be too hot to stand on the corner with a sign!@
William Charles Tinker <email@example.com> wrote:
June 13, 2005
Heat wave hard on homeless
Sun packs its own misery for those on street.
By CHERYL JACKSON
"In the summertime, you roast, you gotta find a cool place," said Larry,
who is homeless. Health experts say people should limit their exposure to
Tribune Photo/MAY LEE JOHNSON
SOUTH BEND -- While most people are looking forward to the sunny days of
summer, those living on the streets are just waiting on the sunset.
Whether you are looking forward to the summer or dreading it, one local
doctor said that everyone under the sun is in danger.
Dr. Tom Sweeny, who works in the emergency room at St. Joseph Regional
Medical Center, says the elderly risk a dangerous mix of sun and medicine,
athletes risk over-heating and children have risks, too.
"We had a kid two days ago who had second-degree burns from sunburn and
blisters all over him," he said. "You have to be careful with your kids."
He said not to get so caught up in the swimming, surfing and sunning of
summer that you forget the safety. "Between 10 and 2 are the hottest
he said. "You have to make sure you cool off afterward and drink plenty of
fluids. You have to limit your exposure to the heat."
For the those living on the streets, often dragging everything they own
them, there is no escape from the sunshine.
"In the summertime, you roast, you gotta find a cool place," Larry said.
Larry lives in a dusty alley where a bicycle cart is tumbling over with
supplies of his life: a rusty Thermos, empty water bottles and a tattered
blanket. Larry says about 20 other people also live in the alley. He says
they come home when it's dark.
Tammy Oehm, senior director for the Center for the Homeless, said they are
helping as many as they can, but she says the homeless and people who live
in other poor conditions are suffering.
"They are often met with difficulty trying to get in some place out of the
heat, so you hear about a lot of heat-related deaths." The Center for the
Homeless is air-conditioned, but many don't stay there because the rules
require tenants to be drug- and alcohol-free.
"Nope," Larry said. "Don't wanna stay there."
Oehm said people donate more money and seem to worry more about the
when the snow begins to fall, but don't seem to understand that the heat
as big an issue.
"The homeless are as prevalent in the summer as they are in they are in
winter," she said. "The community needs to realize we need help all year
The center has space for about 200 and is usually only open to those who
live there, but when the heat index hits 96 degrees they open their doors
everyone. "When it's a beautiful sunny day out .... just think there are
still people living on the streets," Oehm said.
Larry said it's tough to come up with the gear needed to survive the
on the streets.
"In the wintertime before it starts getting winter, you got to get clothes
ready for winter. You gotta get decent winter shoes, some coats, the best
you can, and clothes the best you can. It's not easy, but you gotta do
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