"I don't know that we have the luxury of waiting."
The number of people staying at the shelter has steadily increased since the site opened on Nov. 12, when fewer than 10 people slept at the Burbank site.
In December, 114 homeless people stayed at the shelter, and 87 stayed there Monday night, Bales said.
“As it’s gotten colder outside, we’ll get more people staying at the shelter,” he said.
About half of the 114 new guests identify Glendale as their community of origin, while 18% called Burbank home, Bales said.
In addition to the money the rescue mission sought from the council, a number of private donors provided goods and services.
Women at Emmanuel Church of Burbank made hand-knitted scarves, Holy Family Catholic School in Glendale has donated more than $500 in socks and underwear, and about five people contributed DVDs, a DVD player and other goods, Bales said.
“This kind of community response is not like anything we see at any of our other shelters,” he said.
The rescue mission runs three other missions in Los Angeles County.
JEREMY OBERSTEIN covers City Hall and public safety. He may be reached at (818) 637-3242 or by e-mail at jeremy.oberstein@ latimes.com.