Los Angeles: In a heat wave, libraries offering the homeless more than just air-conditioning


“Los Angeles libraries are expecting an increase in homeless visitors during the heat wave hitting the Southland this weekend and lasting at least through Friday. Because the homeless are vulnerable if they lack adequate shelter, the Pasadena Fire Department said those on the streets pose a particular concern when temperatures rise into the hundreds. But Lisa Derderian, the department’s public information officer, said the homeless are welcome into area libraries and other cooling centers.”They’re part of our community,” she said. Staffers at the Pasadena Public Library have had homeless patrons for as long as they can remember, and they would always do what they could to help, said Catherine Hany, Pasadena library’s spokeswoman.”We knew who to call first for situations and referrals. We would follow up on our resources, but we just didn’t have the background [to help the homeless],” she said.As homeless numbers have increased and finding themselves on the frontline of serving this population, the library took the step two months ago of hiring case manager Precious Jackson.”