Last year I followed the Winter Shelter that was held in the Glendale Armory in CA and stopped in to visit or volunteer a couple of times.
What I learned was that often mothers with young children would ride the bus to the Armory looking for shelter but could not be kept in the Winter Shelter because it is for adults. It is also loud and crowded with chronically and newly homeless adults. It is manned with care and attention – but absolutely no where for a child to sleep.
With homeless families on the rise in the Homeless Population the hope is that the number of homeless shelters that can accept families would increase accordingly. This is not truth – it is my personal fantasy.
Churches in the area are not opening their doors to families or over flow homeless guest on even the coldest and wettest of nights. Local hotels and motels have rooms empty due to the economic crisis but are not opening doors either.
HEY HOTEL and MOTEL owners – would you open your doors if you could be paid a portion of your regular fee. $20 is $20. Would you be willing to take a hotel voucher that you can use to bill the County of Los Angeles or a Non Profit Org in order to open rooms for the youngest of children and their parents who find themselves homeless and in urgent need of shelter while they look for family, friends, an actual shelter or jobs so they can return to being housed?
Think about it.