Homeless suffer during heat wave

Published On: Jul 08 2012 06:08:18 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 08 2012 08:57:38 PM EDT

Homeless flock to shelters in search of running water and air conditioning as temperatures soar.


The homeless in Jacksonville are suffering during the latest heat wave.

About 4,300 homeless people live in the Jacksonville area and they flock to local homeless shelters when temperatures hit the 90s.

"That's what we see when the heat goes up. Lots more people in need, lots more people to seek refuge from the heat," said Penny Kievet with the City Rescue Mission.

On Sunday, the City Rescue Mission was trying to accommodate as many people as possible, but the large numbers put a drain on supplies.

"We really would like to see everybody that would like to come in out of the elements to be able to come here for food, drink, shower, cool air," said Kievet.

Those at the rescue missions plan on being open until the temperatures die down.

"Our goal at the City Rescue Mission is to not turn people away. If that means we have to put pallets in on the floors, then we'll put pallets in on the floors," said Kievet.

"I thank God that there's a mission that's willing to take some of us homeless guys off the street," said William Groves.

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