Water for Homeless
Pools, air-conditioned rooms, cool drinks; all words that say, summer is here. But for many of the city's homeless, escaping the heat is not an option. Some local advocates are asking for help in bringing water to the homeless.
What she calls a "rolling 711" every Tuesday and Thursday, Gainesville resident Arupa Freeman drives the "HomeVan" around town, providing the homeless with bare necessities since 2002. Now, she's stocking up on water.
"They do not have access to clean drinking water; they're living in this heat without access to water," said Freeman.
Freeman is asking city leaders for a water truck, one that would bring water to homeless people around the city. Her efforts come as city leaders prepare to make a decision regarding the One-Stop Homeless Shelter.
On Thursday, commissioners will make a plat-approval, or how the land will be divided up, for the shelter. Then city staff will bring a development plan for commissioners to vote on in August.
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