Unsheltered in the Phoenix warmth: Advocates worried about homeless

Vicky Asplaugh and her husband, David, have been staying exterior the Human Services Campus for greater than six months. 

Back in early January, Vicky, 61, was hospitalized for 5 days with pneumonia. It was the first time she ever had gotten pneumonia, and she or he thinks she bought it from sleeping and not using a mattress out in the chilly. 

“They didn’t have enough beds and I had to sleep outside the center,” she stated. “I was terrified being out there, and it was really cold.”

Vicky and her husband are nonetheless dwelling there, however now they’re coping with a really totally different disaster: the warmth.  

Phoenix’s sizzling summers are manageable for individuals who are housed and have entry to indoor cooling services. But for the unhoused — people who find themselves spending their days and nights outside with little respite — triple-digit days can rapidly turn into life-threatening. 

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