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Emergency shelters busy during summer heat

The summer heat is forcing more people to find air conditioning. Quincy’s homeless population is taking refuge at local emergency shelters.

The Salvation Army Emergency Shelter off Quincy’s Broadway serves women, men and families. As of last check, they were at capacity with people trying to get out of the heat.

The shelter area of the building has 10 rooms that can house up to 14 people.

Shelter officials say whenever temperatures get to an extreme, whether that be in summer or winter, rooms quickly fill up.

“It’s nice to have a place to go to sleep at night where you’re not sweating and you’re not hot, getting dehydrated and things,” said Katie Henderson with the Quincy Salvation Army.

If you’re needing a place to stay, Henderson says to call daily. However, organizers at the Salvation Army Emergency Shelter do refer people to other local shelters if they are full.

 

 

Kaylee Pfeiferling

Multimedia Journalist

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