CITY HALL — Glendale officials are looking into closing the door of the annual winter homeless shelter to outsiders in an effort to better control its impact on neighboring residents and businesses.
On Tuesday, the City Council endorsed a plan that would give up a Los Angeles County-funded winter shelter in favor of one that is supported with local money, allowing city officials to keep the client list open to only Glendale and Burbank residents. People without a stable address are considered residents of the area where they spend the majority of the year.
The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority has already renewed its contract with Eimago, Inc., , a subsidiary of the Los Angeles Union Rescue Mission, to run this the winter shelter this year at the Glendale National Guard Armory, according to a city report.
But that could change if the City Council eventually agrees with city officials that a locally operated shelter would better serve the local homeless population, instead of being a regional intake center.