Note: The following excerpt is from an email I sent to a city health official and two chairs of CACHPA. The email to one of the chairs bounced, so it was undeliverable. A .pdf copy of the full email is available for download at your own risk.
The low hit the 20s twice in Harrisburg last week. That's like having the flu or a fever in a cold shower all night, and nobody felt it more than the homeless on the streets. Two days ago, at dusk, I walked through a garage on my way home from the store. When asked, a homeless man told me that overnight shelters don't open their doors till Dec. 1 (regardless of the temperature outside). Would it trouble the city to open gyms, basements, and auditoriums at the Y, churches, and -- for those people screened -- public schools if the nightly temperature will drop below 40?
Jubalyn ExWilliams lives in Pennsylvania (United States). You can find her writings and commentaries, including "Ways to provide more beds for the homeless," at landturn.com/blog.
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