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Phoenix's Human Services Campus granted $37,500 to support summer heat relief efforts

Phoenix’s Human Services Campus has been awarded $37,500  to help with summer heat relief efforts.

The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust granted those funds to the campus, which provides a variety of services to unhoused people in Phoenix.

The campus and its partner organizations plan to hand out at least 100,000 bottles of water every month through September.

The money will also help run the heat relief network launched last month by the Maricopa Association of Governments. The network is made up of 200 locations offering shade, water and indoor cooling centers.

Last summer, more than 400 people in Maricopa County died from the heat. Many of them were homeless, according to county data.

Senior field correspondent Bridget Dowd has a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.