[Hpn] Extreme Heat Is Hard On Persons Homeless

William Charles Tinker wtinker@metrocast.net
Tue, 14 Jun 2005 18:26:37 -0400


Sandy Andrews and Tom Boland,

How do persons  like  Shawn Ray or nativeamerican72001@yahoo.com  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
Bill

----- 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 <wtinker@metrocast.net> wrote:
  June 13, 2005

  Heat wave hard on homeless

  Sun packs its own misery for those on street.

  By CHERYL JACKSON

  WSBT Reporter

  "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
  the heat.

  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 
area,"
  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 
with
  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 
the
  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 
homeless
  when the snow begins to fall, but don't seem to understand that the heat 
is
  as big an issue.
  "The homeless are as prevalent in the summer as they are in they are in 
the
  winter," she said. "The community needs to realize we need help all year
  around."
  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 
to
  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 
seasons
  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 
it."

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