There is no good reason why in a region where Burbank and Glendale’s combined general funds total more than $1 billion that the two cities can’t come up with $49,000 to keep a winter homeless shelter from shutting its doors a couple of weeks early. The shelter — which struggled to open, but did thanks to outraged residents who demanded it — serves the area’s chronically homeless, who now may lose a vital place for shelter in early March.
The Union Rescue Mission, which operates the fledgling shelter at the Burbank armory, needs $49,000 to keep it open until its originally scheduled closing date, March 15. But if the funding gap isn’t filled — and soon — the people who use the shelter will be back on the cold, hard streets on the night of March 3, two weeks too soon.
The prospect has union rescue officials looking to the cities of Glendale and Burbank for help. And there’s no excuse not to give it.