Record-breaking heat causes problems for homeless

POSTED: Friday, July 1, 2011 - 3:47pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- June was one for the record books. The National Weather Service reports Waco had 17 days of 100-degree weather.

Now homeless shelters are doing their part getting homeless out of the heat for good.

A new program allows homeless to stay in the shelter during the day and work so they can save money until they can afford housing.

Fox 44 spoke with one woman who says she's thankful she doesn't have to look for shelter in the heat anymore.

"I really didn't have nowhere to go until late that evening, and I couldn't get into the shelter until 6:30 in the evening. So I'm out there in the heat, and hey, it was miserable," said Terry Johnson, a participant in the Meyer Center's program.

Under the new program, participants can be in the shelter all day if they aren't working.

The Meyer Center hopes it'll help with the immediate affects of the heat while fixing the problem long term by providing housing.


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