Temporary aid center reopens

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Regardless, the center could be a good model for the kinds of “regional homeless centers” that the Los Angeles County supervisors are expected to consider on April 4 as a way to help relieve the homeless crisis in downtown’s Skid Row. “Sounds like a very encouraging effort on the part of at least one city to step up to the plate and address the problem where it exists,” said Joel Bellman, a spokesman for Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. “It sounds like that’s what Burbank is attempting to do, and if so, we would applaud that.” The $1.45 million Temporary Aid Center, founded in 1974, helps nearly 700 poor and homeless a month. The city has an estimated 100 people who go homeless every night and more than 10,000 who live below the poverty line who cannot afford to buy the resources required to live. The San Fernando Valley has more than 10,400 homeless people. In Glendale, there are more than 350 homeless people. Glendale has a shelter with assistance for social service programs and 40 shelter beds. BURBANK – The Burbank Temporary Aid Center reopened Tuesday at a former storefront on Burbank Boulevard near Mariposa Street that has been expanded to increase the amount of help it offers needy residents. The redesigned facility is twice the size of the original center and has a well stocked food pantry, shower and laundry services, as well as a number of volunteers who offer meals, bus tokens, taxi and motel vouchers, and relief on utility bills. But while it will be able to offer help with services and make referrals, it does not offer overnight shelter, something that is in short supply throughout the city. “It is a huge need,” said Susan Georgino, Burbank’s community development director. “We’re not totally addressing the need of any of our affordable housing-challenged families. But we make every effort we can to get there.” Barbara Howell, the executive director of the Burbank Temporary Aid Center, said she hopes her center will be seen as a convenient location for the homeless to seek temporary housing at shelters across the county. “A lot of our homeless people in Burbank would rather take their chances under a bridge, behind shrubbery in Burbank rather than going to an actual shelter in downtown Los Angeles because they feel safer,” she said. Staff Writer Alex Dobuzinskis contributed to this report. Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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