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Those without a home share impact of heat wave


Eau Claire (WQOW) - Thursday, News 18 talked to those who've been without a home for some time... And the impact this heat wave has had. 

"Well this summer, for the years that I've been here, this has been the hottest summer I've dealt with" says Andrea Phillips.  

Andrea Phillips has been homeless on and off for years.  She says a heat wave presents more challenges.

"It's really emotional, it takes a lot of heart, and to be strong to be homeless" says Andrea. 

Andrea says she's thankful Eau Claire has places she can go, like Positive Avenues and the Sojourner House. 

Bob, who's also homeless, agrees, "There's always some place you can go but there should be more places, I feel, like the Sojo house."  

But there's a three-hour gap when there's no designated spot.  From four to seven o'clock... after Positive Avenues closes and before the Sojourner House opens. 

In Eau Claire, on Thursday, the temperature at five o'clock was 93 degrees, but with the heat index it felt like 103. 

"The heat is relentless, we take dips in this river all the time to try and stay as cool as we can and keep getting our hair wet at Phoenix Park, that's another big help. So that is basically how we stay cool" says Andrea. 

Bob says, "Fortunately, I work at a job where I live in a very cooled environment, working with food and stuff. But other than that, if I'm not at work and I need to beat the heat I just jump in the river."

Andrea says, "It's hard, it's really hard but you have to do what you have to do."

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