The number of homeless people on Glendale streets dropped to 299 on a one-night count, a 27% decrease compared with last year's count, according to a city report.
Officials attributed the reduction to a smaller local winter shelter that cut the number of available beds from 150 to 50.
For years, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority paid a contractor to run a 150-bed shelter at Glendale's National Guard Armory. Local officials had long complained that the regional shelters attracted transients from outside the area.
So last winter, the cities of Glendale and Burbank leveraged city money and grant funds to operate a $150,000 experimental shelter at the armory from December through March that raised the threshold for admitting clients who were referred by local service providers.
Limiting the shelter to local referrals only appears to have tamped down the annual influx of transients lured by the regional operation.