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Record breaking temps could be deadly for homeless people

News 4 & FOX San Antonio reporter Joe Galli giving water to homeless people. ((SBG San Antonio)

SAN ANTONIO - Record breaking temperatures can be fatal for homeless people who don’t seek air conditioning this weekend.

Hundreds of homeless people are taking advantage of the shade, fans and portable air coolers at Haven for Hope.

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Staff are keeping an eye on them for signs of heat exhaustion.

According to Art Vella, director of life safety at Haven for Hope, it’s the people that choose not to come who are in the greatest danger.

"We have an outreach team and we go out there and we contact these folks and we try to talk them into coming here to Haven where it is safer for them," Vella said.

SAMMinstries has been helping homeless families in San Antonio for 35 years, and they are trying to get people off the street during the day.

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"The homeless often wear a number of layers of clothing so that in itself can be fatal in these temperatures," said Nikisha Baker, chief development officer for SAMMinstries.

Baker said, VIA transit sights will have special cooling buses people can use to escape the heat this weekend as well.

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