Summer heat extremely dangerous for those experiencing homelessness

This weekend in the Lower Mainland temperatures are predicted to reach as high as 40 degrees. When we think of people who are experiencing homelessness and weather, we generally worry about it being too cold, not too hot.

But extreme heat can have a negative impact on those experiencing homelessness as well. Those who are experiencing homeless can lack places to get fresh water and areas to stay cool.

Fraser Health shares, “Summer heat can pose serious health risks to people experiencing homelessness or living in precarious housing, especially those with pre-existing heart, lung, or mental health conditions.”

At Covenant House Vancouver, we prepare for the heat and make sure that youth who are living outside or with us have proper supplies. We provide water bottles and water, sunscreen, cool clothing and remind them to take it easy and seek shade when it is hot. Our Drop-In is a safe, cool place for youth to have showers, get hydrated, receive nutritious food and get out of the sun.

If you would like to support youth during this extreme heat now is a great time as any gift you make before June 30th will be matched, allowing you the opportunity to have double the impact to help young people overcome homelessness.