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Michelle Smith, Outreach and Engagement Manager at The Bridge, hands a health kit to a homeless man sleeping outside of the Dallas Public Library in Dallas, Texas on Thursday, July 21, 2022. (Emil Lippe for The Texas Tribune)
Homeless in Texas

Homeless Texans left with few places to cool off during record heat

Heat-related emergency calls have spiked amid historic heat. Cooling centers are available in major cities but often close in the late afternoon — during the hottest parts of the day.

Michelle Smith, Outreach and Engagement Manager at The Bridge, talks to a homeless man outside of the Dallas Public Library in Dallas, Texas on Thursday, July 21, 2022.
Michelle Smith, Outreach and Engagement Manager at The Bridge, hands a cold bottle of water to a homeless man outside of the Dallas Public Library in Dallas, Texas on Thursday, July 21, 2022. Temperatures surpassed 100 degrees on Thursday. (Emil Lippe for The Texas Tribune)
A man sleeps outside of the Dallas Public Library in Dallas, Texas on Thursday, July 21, 2022. (Emil Lippe for The Texas Tribune)
Michelle Smith, Outreach and Engagement Manager at The Bridge, takes a bag full of health kits and cold bottles of water to homeless people sleeping outside of the Dallas Public Library in Dallas, Texas on Thursday, July 21, 2022. (Emil Lippe for The Texas Tribune)
An Intake Specialist listens to a woman tell her story before giving her an ID card at The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center in Dallas, Texas on Thursday, July 21, 2022. (Emil Lippe for The Texas Tribune)

“It’s now an emergency rescue”

Men relax in the shade in the courtyard of The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center in Dallas, Texas on Thursday, July 21, 2022. (Emil Lippe for The Texas Tribune)

Cooling centers close early, go underused

A man rests in the pavilion at The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center in Dallas, Texas on Thursday, July 21, 2022. (Emil Lippe for The Texas Tribune)
People wait for their turn to receive beds at The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center in Dallas, Texas on Thursday, July 21, 2022. (Emil Lippe for The Texas Tribune)
“Tori” relaxes inside the air conditioned kennel area at The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center in Dallas, Texas on Thursday, July 21, 2022. (Emil Lippe for The Texas Tribune)

Sweeps continue in heat wave

A woman packs her belongings after leaving the homeless encampment on Coombs Street underneath Interstate Highway 45 in Dallas, Texas on Friday, July 22, 2022. (Emil Lippe for The Texas Tribune)
Dallas Marshall officers walk through a homeless encampment on Coombs Street underneath Interstate Highway 45 in Dallas, Texas on Friday, July 22, 2022. (Emil Lippe for The Texas Tribune)
Volunteers help a homeless man pack his belongings at an encampment on Coombs Street underneath Interstate Highway 45 in Dallas, Texas on Friday, July 22, 2022. (Emil Lippe for The Texas Tribune)

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