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March 20, 2012
Providing “temporary subsidized housing” for the homeless is a worthy project (“ Homeless shelter program to close on positive note ,” March 13). It's good that some, particularly families, are now off the streets. However, a cold weather shelter's principal purpose is to provide shelter in the cold weather for the homeless. What about the 100 who had shelter the prior year but had to go elsewhere for that resource this winter? We can be thankful we had a mild winter.
NEWS
By Melanie Hicken | December 21, 2009
Steven Elliott credits the friends he meets for making life on the streets and in homeless shelters bearable. “You get to meet everybody,” he said. “We become a family.” One of Elliott’s friends who he would commonly see at shelters and free meals died this year. So on Monday evening, he held a candle in his memory. Elliott was one of dozens of people gathered outside the Glendale National Guard Armory on Colorado Street clutching candles to honor the 417 homeless people, including three from the Glendale area, who have died in the last year.
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By Zain Shauk | December 2, 2008
BURBANK — The city’s winter homeless shelter opened Monday, providing cots, showers and hot meals to 31 people on its first night of operation at the Burbank National Guard Armory. Last year, the shelter drew only about 15 people on its first night and almost 150 on its most crowded evening before it closed in mid-March, said Andy Bales, director of the Los Angeles Union Rescue Mission, which runs the program. “Once the word gets out and the weather gets a little worse, we’ll have more people coming in,” Burbank Vice Mayor Gary Bric said.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | January 5, 2012
Three weeks after the Burbank-Glendale homeless winter shelter opened with less than one-third of its 50 beds filled, the program has yet to reach capacity, prompting officials to reevaluate some rules to make it easier to access. The three-month program that began Dec. 15 at Glendale's National Guard Armory is limited to 50 people with ties to Glendale or Burbank who are pre-selected by local social service groups. In the past, the armory housed 150 homeless people as part of a “come one, come all” regional winter shelter sponsored by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.
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By Zain Shauk | November 28, 2008
GLENDALE — Community organizers are looking for more volunteers to help homeless people use services to be offered by the 25 groups participating in Thursday’s Homeless Connect Day 2008. The event, which will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Glendale armory, will give homeless people access to services related to housing, personal health and hygiene, veterans, mental health, employment assistance, child care, legal counseling and more, organizers said. “We’re trying to connect them to programs so that they’re able to get services so that they’re able to work towards becoming self-sufficient and work towards getting help,” said Ivet Samvelyan, the city’s homeless coordinator.
NEWS
January 11, 2000
Claudia Peschiutta LOS ANGELES -- While many celebrated Armenian Christmas by sharing a meal with family members, others did so by providing a meal for homeless people. The Los Angeles Chapter of Homenetmen, an international athletic and scouting organization, sponsored a meal for about 350 homeless people at the Los Angeles Mission on Thursday. "Armenians in general, because of the Genocide, understand the meaning of homelessness," said Steve Artinian, chairman of the Los Angeles chapter, referring to the Armenian Genocide that began in 1915.
FEATURES
January 2, 2010
I’m an employee of Pacific Theatres Glendale 18, and there was a letter published in your newspaper about the quality of our popcorn (“Theater skimps on facet of enjoyment,” Nov. 28). Our popcorn is not day-old. Every morning we start with a clean popper. At 9:30 a.m., you could’ve seen me popping fresh popcorn. If there aren’t enough guests to warrant more, sometimes it’ll stay in our warmer. I understand where you’re coming from, Derrick.
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By Veronica Rocha, Veronica.rocha@latimes.com | December 13, 2010
SOUTH GLENDALE — Organizers are expecting today's Homeless Connect Day at the Glendale National Guard Armory to be largest social services event for regional transients so far. The event connects homeless people to 50 private and public social service providers, as well as free lunches, flu shots and HIV testing, said Natalie Profant Komuro, executive director of PATH Achieve Glendale, the city's largest homeless services provider....
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October 13, 2004
Robert Chacon For three-and-a-half years, Vietnam veteran Dennis Norris called a bush in San Pedro his home. Trying to keep the demons at bay, he had become strung out on drugs and alcohol and lost his job, home, and contact with his friends. The ghosts still haunt him, he said, but now that he has been sober for more than nine years he can help others as a substance abuse specialist with Project Achieve. The non-profit group nudges homeless people toward self reliance.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | December 4, 2013
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,...
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | February 17, 2013
Frigid overnight temperatures have led to an influx of homeless in the city, some of whom have been erecting tents and loitering at a park near the Adult Recreation Center, intimidating seniors who use the space to do tai chi, city officials said. In one case, officials found one tent that had a microwave. Last weekend, some transients began fighting. Many of those who have been causing problems at Glendale Central Library or in the park are homeless people who don't use the emergency winter shelter at the National Guard Armory on Colorado Boulevard.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | November 11, 2012
After losing his job and getting evicted, Lanny Allen spent one of his first nights on Glendale streets covered in bubble wrap to keep warm. That evening, a homeless man recognized him as the insurance investigator who had bought him lunch when he was hungry. He gave Allen a coat and showed him how to live outdoors. Allen spent the next 10 years on the streets. He slept in Chess Park back when it was an empty alleyway across from the Alex Theatre until he was beaten by a group of teens.
NEWS
March 20, 2012
Providing “temporary subsidized housing” for the homeless is a worthy project (“ Homeless shelter program to close on positive note ,” March 13). It's good that some, particularly families, are now off the streets. However, a cold weather shelter's principal purpose is to provide shelter in the cold weather for the homeless. What about the 100 who had shelter the prior year but had to go elsewhere for that resource this winter? We can be thankful we had a mild winter.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | March 7, 2012
In the past, race has been one of the biggest issues when it came to fair housing impediments in Glendale, but now people with disabilities and large families face greater discrimination, according to a recent report to the city's Housing Authority. The shift follows cultural changes that came with significant growth in Glendale's foreign-born population, especially Armenian, and a protracted recession that turned the housing market upside-down. It's also in line with national trends, said Veronica Tam, a consultant who created the Fair Housing Impediment Analysis.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | January 13, 2012
Ken Lasch went from living in his car for nearly three years to what he calls No. 10 Downing Street, a nod to the British Prime Minister's 100-room mansion. The 83-year-old's new apartment on Glendale Avenue is a far cry from one of the most famous buildings in the United Kingdom, but for the self-proclaimed optimist, the small abode, which is filled with donated furniture, has turned his life around. “I have been helped tremendously with a place to live, including the furniture,” Lasch said at a homeless oversight committee meeting Thursday at City Hall.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | January 5, 2012
Three weeks after the Burbank-Glendale homeless winter shelter opened with less than one-third of its 50 beds filled, the program has yet to reach capacity, prompting officials to reevaluate some rules to make it easier to access. The three-month program that began Dec. 15 at Glendale's National Guard Armory is limited to 50 people with ties to Glendale or Burbank who are pre-selected by local social service groups. In the past, the armory housed 150 homeless people as part of a “come one, come all” regional winter shelter sponsored by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | October 28, 2011
Due to careful and intensive case management, Glendale officials and nonprofit agencies involved in homeless work exceeded their 2010 goals for getting transients into housing and jobs - an accomplishment they hope to repeat next year. “It came from a lot of hard work,” Ivet Samvelyan, Glendale's homeless services coordinator, said at a Homeless Coalition meeting Thursday. The coalition directs Glendale's Continuum of Care program, which works with local homeless using competitively-awarded federal grants.
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The Los Angeles Times | August 29, 2011
Armed with flashlights and clipboards, dozens of volunteers fanned out before dawn Monday to find the most vulnerable people living on the streets of North Hollywood and Sun Valley. The effort organized by the San Fernando Valley Homeless Coalition, a network of service providers, aims to help at least 75 people into stable housing and find them the services they need to stay off the streets. North Hollywood and Sun Valley are among more than 90 communities nationwide to join the 100,000 Homes campaign , an effort to house 100,000 homeless people by 2013.  L.A. NOW
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By Adolfo Flores, adolfo.flores@latimes.com | August 12, 2011
Sean Sauceda moved quickly through dry brush near a Pasadena freeway off ramp before dawn Tuesday morning, looking for the homeless people most at risk of dying on city streets. He stopped to peer inside a cluster of bushes. “People hollow them out by breaking the branches inside,” Sauceda said as he snapped a branch. “It's natural shelter. It's large enough where you can fit a dome tent inside of it. I've done it.” Sauceda, 41, a Fresno-area native, lived on the streets of Los Angeles for 13 years.
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