Westhab, the company chosen to operate the proposed homeless shelter on Cooper Avenue in Glendale refers to the homeless population as clients. They plan to run drug-treatment programs, job-training programs, and try to find them employment.
These men are not coming off the streets. For whatever reason, they are mandated to live there and must take part in the programs.
If Westhab is not successful in rehabilitating them or the level of care is greater than they can handle, they will send them back to the city to be placed somewhere else.
Don’t get me wrong, I believe everyone deserves a second chance, but the “right to shelter” laws do not mandate the city provide these types of services for the homeless.
Let’s call this what it is: a halfway house. I have no reservations saying I don't want these men in my community or near my children.
Kudos to Westhab on their claims of success, but the bottom line is their services are not needed in Glendale.
Westhab representatives said at a recent public hearing that they could not be successful without the surrounding community's support, which they obviously do not have. They should move on to somewhere they are needed and welcome.
Our resources should go toward affordable housing, seniors and schools. These are the things our community needs, not a halfway house.