Yes, Burbank has a homeless population. And this week, the city took concrete steps to allow organizations to step in and address the problem.
The Planning Board endorsed changes to the code that would make it easier for organizations to set up homeless shelters in mostly industrial-commercial areas of the city by cutting the red tape that has so far made those efforts a nonstarter.
That’s been a problem in more ways than one. For starters, making it nearly impossible to get the zoning permits needed for such an operation violates state law. And the city hasn’t been doing the community any favors erecting a high hurdle because, despite what some may like to think, Burbank has largely unmet need when it comes to sheltering the homeless.