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Summer most dangerous time for those experiencing homelessness

Published: Tuesday, July 12, 2022 - 12:33pm

Summer is the most dangerous time of year for those experiencing homelessness. 

With low nighttime temperatures staying high, it’s harder for people to be able to cool off. That is according to Central Arizona Shelter Services President and CEO Lisa Glow. 

The shelter services have expanded to 600 beds and all are full. She says it might be time to announce a state of emergency.

“So that we can put more resources into taking care of people who are homeless on the streets and are becoming homeless. Every single day new people are becoming homeless because of rising rents, evictions, and lack of affordable housing," Glow said.

Glow added that while there are coordinated efforts to provide cooling stations, most are only open during the day, and more needs to be done to provide relief.