Triple-Digit Heat Makes Life More Difficult for Sacramento’s Homeless

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We all know what it feels like to be outside under the burning sun. For most it’s easy to find relief.

But for Omar Duarte, relief from the discomfort of hundred-degree heat comes in the form of melting candy bars and a bottle of water.

“It’s been alright, until it got hot,” Duarte said.

Duarte gets free water bottles from Loaves and Fishes every afternoon. He tells FOX40 he’s spent the past year living on the sidewalk nearby.

When asked about how this year has been, Duarte responded: "very hectic, very hectic."

That's because he’s taking life day by day; constantly searching for his next meal, his next sip of water.

Duarte told FOX40 he has little hope for the future, but going to church every Sunday morning is what keeps him going.

And there are several others like him on that block.

“For a lot of people it's hell. Being out here on the streets, not being able to enjoy the simple pleasures of life like air conditioning, a cold shower. It makes it hard,” said Sarah Bailey.

Sacramento’s streets have been Bailey’s home for a week. Even when she finds food, she says she struggles to eat it in the heat.

"I can’t eat during the day because I lose my appetite. Usually when I’m on the streets I lose a lot of weight. I call it the street diet,” Bailey said.

Bailey jokes about the struggle she lives, but like Duarte, she says she’s taking life one day at a time.

For them, it's the only way to get through the heat on the streets.