Homeless at Risk in Unusually Cold Temperatures
BY JOSIE RAYMOND
PUBLISHED JANUARY 06, 2010
If we highlighted every small town newspaper story about freezing temperatures and the deadly threat they pose to homeless populations that’s published between December and February, we’d hardly get to anything else. But right now — step outside — the cold is even colder.
USA Today reports that four people died in Nashville on Monday night when the mercury hit 12 degrees. It’s hard enough for chilly cities like New York to get the homeless into emergency shelters, so imagine the challenge in places like Florida and New Orleans, where outreach workers are bundling up to try to help people who aren’t prepared. Shelters across the usually mild South are packed. It’s not just the U.S. either; dozens have died during the current cold spell in India.
Unless you’re lucky enough to live in Puerto Vallarta, it’s probably happening where you are.
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