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Social association calls for protection for homeless people during heat waves

Created: 08/11/2022 09:27 am

Kältebus für Obdachlose
A cold bus from CaFee mit Herz for the homeless at the Altona train station in Hamburg is on its way with cold drinks, sunscreen and fruit. © Marcus Brandt/dpa

The asphalt heats up massively due to the high temperatures in the cities. If you don’t have a cool roof over your head, you also face health problems. An association calls for more help for the homeless.

Düsseldorf – The Paritätische Wohlfahrtsverband considers the offers of help in German cities for the homeless in the summer to be insufficient. Managing Director Ulrich Schneider calls for more support from the municipalities. “The danger of heat is still far too little noticed. There is an urgent need for unbureaucratic offers of help here, comparable to those of cold help in winter,” said Schneider of the “Rheinische Post” (Thursday).

For the homeless, heat is just as dangerous as cold. Asphalt and concrete in the cities heated up massively over the course of the day, according to Schneider. The consequences for the homeless are burns, circulatory problems and dehydration.

The Federal Working Group for Homeless Aid (BAGW) is also in favor of organized heat aid for the homeless based on the model of cold aid. “Because of frequent previous illnesses, homeless people belong to a group with high health burdens,” said Deputy BAGW Managing Director Sabine Bösing of the “Rheinische Post”.

The homeless need accommodation that is suitable for staying in hot hours and that is available to homeless people throughout the day. Parks, train stations and public buildings could also offer the homeless shade and cooling, according to Bösing. That’s why the homeless shouldn’t be expelled from there by law enforcement. In addition, Bösing called for access to hygiene options and a safe water supply, for example through public drinking water wells. dpa

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