After experiencing May’s record-breaking temperaures, Montreal continues to be hit by heat waves as we progress into the summer amid the pandemic. Because homeless women and men can’t stay home to stay safe from COVID-19 nor from the heat, we thought we should remind you that people without a home or living in precarious circumstances, who are often more vulnerable due to fragile health conditions, also need protection from the heat.
As an organization that helps people experiencing homelessness, the safety and well-being of those who knock at our door is our top priority. In order to overcome the challenges of this oppressive heat while continuing to apply physical distancing and other measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we offer everyone who comes to our doors as much as is physically possible:
If you see someone affected by the heat, offer them water and refer them to nearby resources, such as our emergency services for men and for women.
In a heat wave, people should:
For additional tips, visit www.urgencequebec.gouv.qc.ca.
We encourage those in charge of public, commercial and other air-conditioned areas to be particularly lenient when the weather is this oppressive. A short break in a cool area for someone experiencing homelessness or living in poor housing can go a long way.
Let’s be collectively responsible and remember that access to water and rest in a cool area is vital for ALL.
Together, we can make Montréal a city that cares about its most vulnerable residents, especially in these times of crisis. Your kindness helps us to achieve our mission.
Homeless women and men need your help now more than ever. Donate today to help us keep homeless Montrealers safe from the extreme heat and the pandemic.