4 facilities to open as cooling stations this weekend in San Antonio

Haven for Hope extends services to homeless

SAN ANTONIO – The Department of Human Services will open four facilities as cooling stations this weekend as San Antonio braces for near-record high temperatures.

Officials said the facilities are expected to be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday as cooling stations.

The sites, which cover four quadrants of the city, are:

  • Frank Garrett Community Center, 1226 N.W. 18th St.
  • Claude W. Black Community Center, 2805 E. Commerce St.
  • Bob Ross Senior Center, 2219 Babcock Road
  • Southside Lions Senior Center, 3303 Pecan Valley Drive

City officials said the two senior centers will be open to all seniors, including seniors with disabilities, and the two community centers will be open to seniors, people with disabilities, families and children.

Haven for Hope Outreach will be on call from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday to assist with transporting homeless people to the Haven campus. Officials said the outreach team purchased additional emergency supplies to provide to homeless individuals in the streets and in encampments this weekend. Call 210-220-2114 to arrange for transportation Saturday; officials said to leave a message, and the call will be returned promptly.

Haven for Hope is preparing for an increase in emergency shelter this weekend. Officials said no person will be turned away. All available space on the main campus, to include common areas and offices, will be offered to families who are homeless or are displaced from their permanent residence because of excessive heat conditions in their homes.

Officials said single persons will be granted access to the courtyard, where cooling fans with water misters have been installed in addition to ground base fans used to cool larger areas. Indoor overflow areas have been designated for any sudden surge of guests, the elderly or those at risk of heat-related illness and injury.

The National Weather Service issued a statement this week about elevated heat index values continuing into the weekend. Officials said heat index values will peak during the afternoons in the 104- to 108-degree range for much of South Central Texas through Saturday.

 

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