Texas Homeless Population Seeks Refuge Amid Bone-Chilling Temperatures – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
With bone-free temperatures stuck in thousands of people across Texas with no electricity or heat indoors, homeless lawyers have taken to the streets trying to find those who cannot or cannot find refuge, reports NBC News.
Many Texans are affected by the massive winter storm, such as widespread power outages, transportation problems and food shortages. Even in good weather, the homeless are among the most vulnerable populations in the state. However, according to proponents, they are particularly at risk as the freezing condition persists.
In 2020, around 27,000 people were homeless in Texas in a single night, which is a 5 percent year-over-year increase, according to the Texas Homeless Network’s annual report. In the state, 37 percent of the homeless are black, even though they make up 13 percent of the total population.
Emergency shelters and warming centers have been set up in churches, event centers, and other locations across the state to ensure those without housing have a place to escape the extreme weather. The safe havens house and feed thousands.
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