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Ascencia relocates its winter shelter in Glendale

Outreach workers hand out fliers to let homeless people know about facility.

December 04, 2013|By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com
  • Arthur Morris, who has been homeless about one year, pulls a small rope through the canvas of his cot to create a better sleeping surface at Ascencia in Glendale for the Glendale Winter Shelter Program on Monday, December 2, 2013. He does this because the metal bars that used to be there were once used as a weapon and have since been removed from all the cots making them a little short, and difficult to contain a pillow. Morris' comment was, "Don't complain about it. Figure out a way to solve it," which is why he came up with this solution to his cot, which other people in the room thought was pretty smart. The shelter opened last night for a handful of people, but the 80 bed capacity is expected to fill if it rains in the next couple days. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)
Arthur Morris, who has been homeless about one year, pulls… (Tim Berger / Staff…)

Francisco Lovato has been out of steady work for more than a year. The handyman takes up landscaping jobs now and then, but it's not enough to get him off the streets. 

He ended up on Monday night at Glendale's emergency winter shelter at 437 Fernando Court with about 50 other people looking for a warm place to sleep.  

“I needed shelter,” he said 

Lovato, 57, said he owned a house in Van Nuys until the mortgage outpaced his earnings, even though he worked seven days a week, juggling a job at a hardware store and a side business cleaning pools. 

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