Emergency Shelter Program


Burbank Temporary Aid Center is one of the few organizations in our area providing emergency shelter for families with children. 

Recently, we have seen a rise in the number of homeless families.  Often, they became homeless after a parent lost a job or had hours cut back.   It is heartbreaking to see famlies living in thier cars, while trying to keep up with school, jobs, etc. 

There aren't many shelters that accomodate families, and the ones that do welcome families have waiting lists.  he emergency shelter provided by BTAC is at a local motel.  These aren't Marriotts or Hiltons.  In fact, most of us wouldn't even consider staying in them.  But for a homeless family, they are magnificent.  The emergency shelter can provide a bridge between being homeless and getting into a family-friendly shelter.  An it gives the family a chance to shower, sleep in a comfortable bed and be out of the elements - if only for a few nights until they hear that space has opened up for them.

Your support of this program has been vital to BTAC being able to provide this service. 

Thanks again for your support.

Over the past few weeks, BTAC has seen a rise in the number of requests for emergency shelter.  This isn't  for our regular homeless clients, but for mothers with small children. 

Imagine begin a homeless mother, trying to take care of your children.  You are on a waiting list for a family shelter, so you have to live in your car.  But the past months have been some of the most hot and humid the area has experienced.  You've been running your air conditioning so much, that it finally gives out.  The shelter calls, and you have a space in a few days.  But without the air conditioning, your kids are really going to suffer.

This is just one of the many hearwrenching stories we heard from too many mothers during the hottest weeks of the year.  Fortunately, BTAC had funds to provide emergency shelter for these families.  Imagine the relief, beiing out of the blistering heat; being able to shower; having a bed in which to sleep.  Without your support of BTAC's emergency shelter program, it would not have happened. 

Thank you for helping provide these mothers a safe, clean and cool place to stay with thier children.

When a family is homeless, it is hard to care for the children and thier needs.  Without shelter, thier world can be turned upside down.  Parents feel as if they are letting down thier children and they can become depressed and despondent, which makes it harder for them to improve thier situation.

Recently,  a family came to Burbank Temporary Aid Center for assistance.  While providing them shelter in a local hotel, our case manager was able to help them apply to a program specially designed for homeless families. 

After three nights of having a clean bed, the ability to appropriately take care of personal hygiene needs, and know they were save, thier spirits had improved.  Then, they recieved word that they had been accepted into the program, which would help them further in thier hopes to achieve permanent housing.

A few nights in a hotel that most of us might not think was great, meant a lot to this family - as it does to many others.

Thank you for making this type of service possible. 

Most people don't think of the Los Angeles area being cold, but when you are on the streets, the drop in temperature can really be dangerous for people without shelter.

Recently, a grandfatherly man arrived at our doorstep.  To look at him, you woudn't think he was homeless, but he was.  A year ago, he had experienced a stroke and eventually lost his home, driving priveleges and didn't know how to help himself.  BTAC was able to offer him emergency shelter in a local motel to protect him against the tempuratures which dropped down to 40 degrees at night, It was only for a few nights, but it gave him time to connect with a transitional shelter for more permanent housing. 

I couldn't help thinking about my own mother who is about the same age.  She also had a stroke and I couldn't her living on the streets.  I was so pleased that we had been able to help this man, not just for a few nights, but to help build a brighter future.

Thank you for your generous support.

The scorching heat of late summer in Los Angeles created health problems thousands in the area.  Now imagine being homeless and unwelcome in stores, restaurants and malls, etc.  The unbearable heat, coupled with unusually high humidity took a toll on the homeless, especially the elderly of the group.

Not only did Burbank Temporary Aid Center (BTAC) open up it's facility to offer a cool place for all of the homeless to take refuge, some of the most fail, seniors enjoyed a few nights in a local hotel.  It wasn't the most fancy place, but the sheets are clean and the air conditioning worked!  Getting a good night's rest was rejuvenating and helped them cope with the other issues in their lives.

The local hotels, do not donate or offer much of a discount on the rooms, so without your contributions, BTAC would not be able to provide this kind of assistance for our at-risk homeless.

Thank you for your support and caring.  It makes such a difference.

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Project Leader

Barbara Howell

Burbank, CA United States

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