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Columbia, SC, Shelters Step Up to Assist Unhoused Individuals Amid Heat Wave

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Columbia, SC, Shelters Step Up to Assist Unhoused Individuals Amid Heat Wave

As the Midlands grapples with relentless heat, with temperatures reaching triple digits, local shelters are lending a helping hand to individuals experiencing homelessness in the region. The soaring heat puts those without adequate shelter at severe risk, making it crucial for them to find respite in cooler environments.

Transitions Homeless Center Response

Places such as the Transitions Homeless Center are offering shelter from the scorching temperatures. “Regardless of the temperature, we will always have plenty of ice. We’ve got coolers filled with ice, and multiple water fountains. There are air-conditioned areas where those needing shelter can not only rest but sleep in a bed. We aim to help get these individuals off the streets,” shared Craig Currey, CEO of Transitions Homeless Center.

The center, at the crossroads of Main and Calhoun streets, is providing unhoused individuals with vital items such as snacks, cool water, and ice to help them cope with the severe heat.

Unhoused Population Figures

According to City of Columbia officials, the county of Richland is currently home to 334 unhoused individuals living without shelter. Amidst the harsh climate, Chief Meteorologist Adam Clark emphasizes the imperative of hydration and regular intervals of respite in ensuring safety.

“Even if you don’t feel thirsty, it’s crucial to keep drinking water. This applies prominently to those who are homeless. They need to be supplied with plenty of water and encouraged to take breaks from traveling long distances, to stay as cool and out of the sun as much as possible,” commented Clark.

Rollicking Heat Expected to Continue

The forecast predicts some relief over the next couple of days, but the dangerous heat is set to return in full force over the upcoming weekend. As the temperatures rise, staying informed, prepared and vigilant remains crucial for all residents of the Midlands.

Local organizations and initiatives like Transitions Homeless Center are making a marked difference in the lives of the region’s unhoused population. Their determination to offer a respite from the sweltering heat, keeps many citizens safer and healthier, while demonstrating the power of community support in challenging times.


Columbia, SC, Shelters Step Up to Assist Unhoused Individuals Amid Heat Wave

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