Tom Risen of The Burbank Leader writes about Union Rescue Mission’s appeal for increased winter shelter aid.
“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.”
This is the second year URM has run the winter shelter in Burbank, which will close on March 15.