The harsh winter weather can be brutal for those enduring homelessness, especially for the many that don’t have access to a homeless shelter. Having to live in the cold puts one’s health, safety, and even life at risk. How can we get involved and help these individuals during the winter?
After a slow start, winter storms are plentiful in the Northeast and Midwest. These regions have seen over a foot of snow on separate occasions this past month. With storms creeping down into places as south as Texas, many people that are homeless are experiencing extreme cold more often. Before the affects of climate change became so apparent, Texas was not familiar with the freezing temperatures and icy roads many northerners have grown accustomed to. People in the southern plains (where winter storms are likely to increase the most), especially people that are homeless, do not have proper materials to defend themselves. In another 5 or 6 months, many Americans will be experiencing extreme heat or battling through hurricane season.