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Glendale opens winter homeless shelter

Glendale opens winter homeless shelter

For the first time in two years, Glendale is hosting a nightly winter shelter for the homeless, ahead of heavy rains expected to be brought on by El Niño storms.

The 80-bed facility, set up in a 44,000-square-foot warehouse at 1219 Los Angeles St., operates on a first-come, first-served basis. The program will run every night through March 31, offering free meals and a warm place to sleep.

Ascencia, Glendale's largest homeless services agency, will oversee the shelter and offer help such as case management, counseling, psychiatric services and drug and alcohol recovery referrals and placement. Eventually, Ascencia hopes to provide permanent housing to those who use...