GLENDALE — Around noon on Wednesday, Glendale homeless services coordinator Ivet Samvelyan scanned a Vons parking lot for potential transients before spotting a man with a large backpack standing at a nearby bus stop.
Clutching a clipboard, she approached him and asked if he was without a permanent place to stay.
The man, who said he had been on and off the streets for several years, was at first hesitant to take part in the confidential survey with questions ranging from his birthday to whether he suffered from a drug or alcohol problem. But he opened up once Samvelyan explained his answers could help the city provide better services by targeting certain members of the homeless population.
"My responsibility as homeless coordinator is to say, 'These are the services we need,'" she told him.
Samvelyan was one of about a dozen homeless service providers and volunteers who fanned out across Glendale from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. for an annual "point-in-time" count of transients within city limits.