NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Access to water is a major problem for the homeless population, especially in the summer, and particularly in urban areas.

With no green space, Skid Row is an urban heat island — all buildings and pavement — making it that much hotter.

A spokesperson for Midnight Mission said they’ve turned their courtyard into a relief station with a big fan and tents for shade. They also distribute cold water between meals.

But right now, they and other nonprofits that serve the homeless community are in a perfect storm: more people on the streets, fewer donations and temperatures that are only rising.

Rowan Vansleve, president and CFO of Hope of the Valley, which has some 1,500 beds across the region, said that while they haven’t seen a drop in donations, they have seen a significant jump in costs for water, ice and of course gas.

“Transporting that water is really putting a burden on all charities across the San Fernando Valley,” he explained.