Holiday leaves some homeless out in the heat on hottest day in 6 years
COVINGTON, Ky (WKRC)- Avoiding the hottest day in six years in Cincinnati was a lot tougher for many people because it happened to fall on the Fourth of July.
Christopher Sargent says he's been homeless since he was 16. Twelve years later, he said he is thankful he found the Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky.
"It is definitely a God blessed place. They help out a lot of people that are roaming the streets. [They can] come in here, get a shower fresh clothes," Sargent said.
Sargent says he knew he had to find a way to get out of Wednesday's heat.
"First thing I did was head over to The Lord's Gym and it was hot in there because it's a gym," Sargent said.
Sargent says a lot of the homeless hang out in the air conditioning of the library when it gets so hot. Not Wednesday though because it was a holiday.
Luckily, someone told him the Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky was open. It normally only operates from 6 p.m. until 9 a.m.
"I'd probably be sitting under a bridge crying right now if I wasn't here. It's so hot it. Just about five days ago I got rushed to the hospital because I was having a heat stroke. It took the lady every bit of 15 minutes to wake me up,"
Brittney Kane, the Operations Manager for the Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky said the shelter tries to be open during all holidays because so many places are closed.
"We were planning to be open just for that reason but since it is so hot, you know, that puts a whole nother level on it," Kane said.
The shelter also stayed open later than normal.
About 40 people had come through when we talked with Kane.
"I'd say that number is pretty high. Back in the wintertime we did open up quite a few days because it was so cold and we saw upwards of 60 people during the day," Kane said.