Glendale, CA – The Winter Shelter program has opened its doors for the 2015/2016 season.  The shelter is located at 1219 Los Angeles Street in the City of Glendale, is operated by Ascencia, and sponsored by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LASHA), in cooperation with the City of Glendale, and the City of Burbank.

“One of our council priorities is to have a safe and healthy community, and serving those who are less fortunate and in need of care is of vital importance to us,” said Mayor Ara Najarian.

The program will be open every night from November 16, 2015 through March 31, 2016, and will serve up to 80 clients, of whom must be adults.  The shelter provides meals, showers, and a warm place to sleep.  Families needing winter shelter assistance will be referred to other arrangements and should call 818-246-7900, ext. 100.  Shelter hours are 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.

“Having a winter shelter program in Glendale this year, with the El Nino weather conditions looming, is vitally important to our local homeless population,” said Jess Duran, Director of Community Services and Parks.  “Councilman Vartan Gharpetian helped us find a site that was most suitable, and property owners that were willing to cooperate to make the site available.”

While utilizing the shelter, participants are encouraged to avail themselves of case management, information, and referral services in order to be connected to year around programming within the Glendale Continuum of Care, such as the Ascencia Access Center. The Ascencia Access Center is located at 1851 Tyburn Street in Glendale. The Center provides intake and assessment, case management, counseling, drug and alcohol recovery referrals and placement, employment assistance, psychiatric services, and housing placement.

“As a first year Councilmember, I wanted to make sure that my participation in serving the citizens of Glendale made an impact on people’s lives. By working with local property owners, Ascencia and stakeholders in the community, we were able to secure a facility to serve the homeless during what is likely to be a very wet winter,” stated Councilmember Vartan Gharpetian.

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Homeless Single Adults (must be 18 years of age or older)

Ascencia’s Glendale Winter Shelter program will have a total of 80 beds.  If you are the 81st person to show, we will refer you elsewhere.

The Winter Shelter program is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please arrive at the Winter Shelter location on Los Angeles Street between 4:30 and 5:00 PM.  No early line-ups.

If you are working and cannot arrive that early, please call Ascencia at (818) 246-7900, ext. 100.

Homeless Families:  For assistance during weekday business hours, please call Ascencia at (818) 246-7900, ext. 100.  Evenings and weekends, please call 211 for assistance.

Burbank clients can receive bus tokens and other information through the Burbank Temporary Aid Center at 1304 West Burbank Blvd. Please call (818) 848-2822 ext. 104.

If you have any questions or need assistance before Winter Shelter opens, please contact us at:

Ascencia Access Center

1851 Tyburn Street, Glendale CA 91204

(818) 246-7900

For information about volunteering or donating food, please email volunteer@AscenciaCA.org.

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