Hydrating Austin's Homeless Population

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The Problem

There are an estimated 15,000 people in Austin, TX that are homeless. In the summer when temperatures are normally in the high 90s to over 100 degrees, even something as simple as having a bottle of water to properly hydrate one's self is not always available to those who are forced to live on the street . Many of us take for granted our ability to just walk into a store and purchase a bottle of water, walk to the sink in our apartment or home, or even use the water fountain inside of retail establishments. The homeless rarely have money to purchase anything, are not always allowed to use water fountains in retail establishments, and obviously do not access to a sink. My project will focus on obtaining an adequate water supply during the summer for Austin's transient population. Retail businesses such as Wal-Mart, Whole Foods, and Central Market will be asked to donate bottled water or funds to purchase bottled water and service groups in the community will be asked to volunteer their time in the distribution of water bottles. Local churches and Boy Scout troops will be focused on.

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