- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 6, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — Cargo vans are canvassing downtown Washington in an effort to hydrate the homeless.

Vince Blackson, who drove one of six vans for the United Planning Organization on Tuesday, helped hand out more than 40 bottles of cold water during his shift to homeless men and woman scattered throughout city parks.

Temperatures hovered above 100 degrees on Tuesday afternoon. Pete Piringer, a spokesman for the District of Columbia Fire Department, said the city has issued a high heat advisory and a Code Orange air quality alert.

Residents are encouraged to drink water and stay indoors to avoid heat and pollution-related sickness.

The United Planning Organization is a nonprofit agency in the District. One of its aims is homeless outreach. To reach the organization’s Shelter Hotline Transport system, call 1-800-535-7252.


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