Since yesterday’s post on the rise in homeless families, I’ve received a host of emails, tweets, and comments offering various resources and links. Most immediately, Union Rescue Mission is trying to combat a hostile press and public in Burbank and Glendale. It seems the mission has had a hard time providing services in Burbank because of a hostile public reception. Some connected Burbankians (connected to the city council and the press) claim that the shelter serves drug addicts, sex offenders, and criminals, and they would like the shelter guests find somewhere else to be impoverished .
The Rescue Mission is calling for interested Burbank citizens to show up:
Thursday, March 19 to the Burbank Fire Training Center Meeting Room, 1845 N. Ontario Street, Burbank, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. to speak up for a local solution to the homelessness faced by many in the Burbank area.
Another resource worth elevating from the comments section below is the reference to LA Eastside’s post on Take Back the Land. Those of you who’ve had the pleasure of discussing economics or politics with me know that I am pretty much of an unreconstructed leftist. I do think private property creates crime, at least to some degree. But even if you’re not with me on the whole “viva la revolucion” sentiment, let’s try to stand together in a position of social compassion and downright human decency that doesn’t see people as necessarily criminal just because they aren’t land owners. Get it together Burbank!
Finally, in other news, the ACLU in December won a battle to stop the police from conducting illegal searches of the homeless on Skid Row. Peter Bibring of the ACLU/SC tempers his optimism: “But abuses are bound to occur as long as the city tries to address homelessness on Skid Row as a law enforcement problem rather than a social problem. ”