When Burbank and Glendale went it alone on the homeless winter shelter front — significantly cutting down on the number of beds in the process — there was hue and cry from other shelter operators that the move would leave the masses out in the cold.
But that so far has not been the case. Even with just 50 beds, the Burbank-Glendale shelter has only reached a maximum of 32 people on one night in the three weeks since opening, officials reported this week.
That could bolster a major impetus for breaking from the Los Angeles County system — that the regional shelter was attracting transients from outside Glendale, i.e. non-local homeless. It could also be a result of unseasonably warm weather, which no one expects to last for long.