GLENDALE — Fewer homeless men and women were living on the streets of Glendale this year, but more of them had AIDS or HIV, according to a city report.
The number of homeless men and women in Glendale dipped slightly, from 428 in 2010 to 412 this year, according to the city’s 2011 point-in-time count. Of the 412 people counted, 108 became homeless while living in Glendale.
But a sharp rise in AIDS or HIV cases among the homeless population concerned service providers.
Four people in 2010 reported that they had HIV or AIDS, but that number jumped to 18 this year.
“We have to make sure we get them the help that they need,” said Natalie Profant Komuro, executive director of PATH Achieve Glendale, the city’s main homeless service provider.
PATH Achieve and city officials have been working closely with HIV-positive transients to provide care, referrals and education, city homeless coordinator Ivet Samvelyan said.