BURBANK — The Union Rescue Mission that runs the winter homeless shelter at the Burbank Armory plans to appeal to city and state officials soon for increased shelter aid, expecting a Depression-scale increase in homelessness.
“We’ve been speaking out to public officials, but I don’t think anybody is quite ready to see the gravity of this,” said Andy Bales, chief executive of the Union Rescue Mission, which runs a number of shelters in the Greater Los Angeles area. “We need to take emergency steps for the number of people that are going to be coming our way because of foreclosures and job loss.
“This is alarming, and I’ve been working with the homeless for 23 years. It’s getting a little Depression-like.”
California’s unemployment rate is now at 9.3%, according to the Employment Development Department. California ranked among the states hit hardest by America’s 81% foreclosure increase between 2007 and 2008, according to the real estate database Realty Trac.