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City of Phoenix Kicks Off Summer Heat Relief EffortsCity of Phoenix Kicks Off Summer Heat Relief Efforts<div class="ExternalClassD5E79768636C4D2C8A26E62C5E5FC45B"><p>​The onset of triple-digit temperatures means it is time for the annual Summer Respite Program.</p><p>The city of Phoenix Human Services Department is asking employees and the public to donate unopened water bottles, sunscreen, new underwear, white socks, white T-shirts, insect repellent and prepackaged snack items to be collected at the city’s family services centers. The items will be distributed to the homeless by experienced homeless outreach teams.  </p><p>“Living on the streets can be a life-threatening situation, especially when temperatures move into the triple digits,” said Councilwoman Kate Gallego, chairwoman of the City Council Neighborhoods, Housing & Development Subcommittee.  “I encourage everyone to give whatever they can to make this year's program a success - giving just a few bottles of water can literally save a life.”</p><p>Residents can bring their tax-deductible donations to any of the city’s three family services centers from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday: </p><ul><li>Travis L. Williams, 4732 S. Central Ave. (602-534-4732)</li><li>John F. Long, 3454 N. 51st Ave. (602-262-6510)</li><li>Sunnyslope, 914 W. Hatcher Road (602-495-5229)</li></ul><p>The city also participates in the Heat Relief Network, a Valleywide program to ensure the safety of homeless people, seniors, disabled and other residents in need during the hot summer months.</p><p>Each summer the city of Phoenix works as part of the Heat Relief Network in cooperation with other government agencies, corporations, nonprofit and faith-based organizations to bring heat relief to individuals, families, seniors and the disabled who are homeless and at high risk as temperatures begin to reach more than 100 degrees.</p><p>The city’s Human Services Department is educating seniors at its 15 senior centers about the dangers of heat exposure, how to recognize heat stroke, heat exhaustion and heat cramps. </p><p>Information about the Heat Relief Network and Summer Respite program, as well as a list of tips on how to stay safe and hydrated during the summer heat, is available at phoenix.gov/humanservices/programs/homeless.  For more information, call 602-256-4302.</p></div>6/1/2015 5:00:00 PMAlejandro Montiel, 602-534-3443Human Services Department602-256-4302