“We are appreciative that [Glendale] can host it again,” said Burbank Mayor Gary Bric. “The important thing is, it doesn’t matter where you put it, as long as you provide the shelter during the winter season.”
Bric said he expected the shelter issue may come before the Burbank City Council again, “and we will address it when it does,” he said.
The shelter’s contractor, EIMAGO, a subsidiary of the Union Rescue Mission in Los Angeles, has indicated they intend to apply to operate the shelter, which runs from Dec. 1 through March 15, said Jess Duran, interim director of the Department of Community Development and Housing.
By state law, armories are mandated to be available for winter shelter programs, unless superseded by military purposes. The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority is expected to approve the application for the Glendale armory later this summer.
“Experience and capacity are something that we consider strongly in our review process,” said David Martel, contract manager for the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.
In anticipation of the likely move, Glendale housing officials are scheduled to bring the probability to the City Council and Housing Authority on Tuesday for consideration and feedback. Unlike earlier this year in Burbank, community complaints have been more minimal in Glendale, Duran said.
“The biggest impact it has is on the city’s own facilities, like the Adult Recreation Center and the libraries,” he said. “So we are able to try to work through those impacts. But in terms of the rest of the neighborhood, they have been pretty good about tolerating the winter shelter program and working with the city on any concerns.”
Last winter, the Burbank Armory shelter served 549 individuals and 27 families. Of those served, 37% identified themselves as from Los Angeles, including Hollywood and North Hollywood, 21% were from Glendale, 17% were from Burbank and 7% were from Pasadena, according to a city report.
In 2009, Glendale saw a slight increase in the reported homeless population, with 306 adults and children compared with 296 in 2007, according to a city report — a significant decrease from the 518 homeless adult and children reported in 1997.