Hot Weather Putting Stress On Area Homeless

Alan Scaia
July 23, 2018 - 12:17 pm

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The stretch of triple-digit heat is causing homeless shelters in North Texas to fill up.

Advocates say 12,000 homeless people are staying in the Metroplex.

"We complain about getting out of our car and walking into our office building. Imagine those who sleep out in this all night long," says Pastor Wayne Walker, with OurCalling shelter in Dallas. "Plus, they're chewed up by mosquitoes and fire ants, and they're struggling with just water to survive."

Walker says OurCalling sees about 300 people each month who are going to a shelter for the first time. He says non-profits are sending volunteers to more than 1,200 locations across Dallas to find people who may be camping outside.

"Add 108 degree weather, it becomes fatal," he says.​

Walker says people coming to OurCalling often have heat exhaustion or heat stroke. He says many people may also have chest pain or heart problems made worse by the heat. The shelter will provide food, medical attention and counseling.