[Hpn] Extreme Heat Is Hard On Persons Homeless

unclescam unclescam@buskers.org
Tue, 14 Jun 2005 20:59:32 -0400 (EDT)

 i gotta ask, how many times has this fella posted to hpn. the first time
i saw ray's quote was in a forward from you. are you runnin a bush on
us, manufacturing enemies? seems he only writes to you.

On 6/14/2005, "William Charles Tinker" <wtinker@metrocast.net> wrote:

>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
>----- 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.
>  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
>  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
>  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
>  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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