SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – As she pushed an empty wheelchair up and down San Pedro Avenue on Monday morning, Mary Balenger was not solely passing the time but additionally attempting to maintain heat.
She had nowhere to be and no place to go after what she says was a frigid night time outside.
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“It’s chilly,” she stated. “We slept in that car parking zone final night time and we froze final night time. It was chilly.”
The “we” to whom she referred was herself and her husband.
Balenger stated fairly than threat separation in a shelter, they select to sleep on the streets.
With freezing temperatures within the forecast for Monday night time, they may very well be in for one more tough night time.
“We simply bundle up with a bunch of blankets. That’s how we keep heat,” Balenger stated, referring to her plans for the night time.
Even when they had been to vary their minds about staying in a shelter, although, they may very well be out of luck.
“We’re anticipated to be at capability once more. We had been truly at capability final night time,” stated Brad Mayhar with the Salvation Military.
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The time period, “at capability” has a brand new which means in nowadays of the coronavirus pandemic.
Mayhar stated as a consequence of social distancing guidelines, the Salvation Military shelter is using solely about half of its beds.
Even on this chilly climate emergency, some folks may very well be out within the chilly.
“(In) regular years, we supplied them a blanket and allowed them the chance, in the event that they select to take action, to remain in our foyer,” Mayhar stated. “Now with COVID, we’re not capable of provide them the chance to remain within the foyer. We will provide them a blanket, however they need to take it with them.
Turning away anybody in want is the very last thing the company needs to do, Mayhar stated.
“It’s a very weak inhabitants,” he stated. “They’re on the market uncovered to the weather, and we function lots of them as we are able to.”
Nonetheless, underneath this present local weather, the Salvation Military might not have a selection.
KSAT 12 Information additionally attain out to Haven for Hope about its chilly climate emergency shelter plans. A spokesman was not capable of provide particulars instantly on how the pandemic would possibly influence the shelter.
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