As rainy, cold weather besets Southern California, Union
Rescue Mission officials have announced that the cold-weather shelter for
Burbank and Glendale has encountered a $49,000 deficit that will result in the
facility closing sooner than scheduled. This would affect some 70 people who
use the facility’s overnight services.

While the shelter was scheduled to remain open through March
15, its organizers now say that it may have to close as early as March 3.

The shelter was opened in Burbank and was deemed the best
alternative for area homeless people after Glendale’s longstanding facility at
its National Guard Armory on Colorado Avenue had to be shut down for
renovations.

Mission officials are still hoping for a miracle rescue from
either of the two cities or private funding.

Anyone interested in donating should call (213) 347-6300 or
visit www.unionrescuemission.org.