Homelessness in summer and the struggle to find shade and water

Hot summer days have set in and many of us are hunting out cool, airconditioned spaces — at home, at the movies or in shopping centres.

But for people like Daniel, that’s not an option. He’s lived on the streets for 20 years.

“Sometimes living on the street in summer can be really bad because no-one will let you in for a drink of water,” he told News Breakfast.

“They assume you’re going to use their toilet for drugs or whatever.”

Throughout winter, appeals for blankets, warm clothing and food help those sleeping rough when the temperatures plummet.

But summer brings risks too, which is something Bill Crews from the Exodus Foundation in Sydney knows well.

“The average homeless person who eats with us has four major illnesses — and they’re chronic illnesses,” Mr Crews said.

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