Charlotte homeless shelters open during the day to help people escape heat

- The City of Charlotte is taking steps to keep people safe during the heat wave.

The men's and women's homeless shelters in the city are taking people in during the day to give them a place to cool off.  

The city has not opened any cooling stations. FOX 46 Charlotte found out there are several factors that come into play to decide if a cooling station will open. Those include taking into account the heat index and the number of calls for heat-related emergencies.

Randall Hitt with the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte said, “We've relaxed some of our requirements, so we've kept our building open particularly in the afternoon, and we've allowed men who are coming in for lunch, which they can do already, but we've opened up our dining hall, so folks can stay in there and at least have a cool place to stay.”

The Charlotte Fire Department said they haven't had any calls related to problems with senior citizens during this hot weather. They said people are checking on their elderly neighbors and family members to make sure everyone stays safe in the heat.




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