While it’s all well and good that the council tomorrow night will be saluting National Family Promise Week, we’ve long noted a particular bias in this subject area that appears to lie directly beneath the official concerns of the City of Burbank. And it’s not just Burbank that has the problem.
Like, what about single homeless adults? Everyone worries about the kids, but what about the older folks who’ve slipped through the cracks? Where are their special programs?
Aside from the woefully underfunded BTAC — which gets used and abused by the scores of outside agencies that hand their charges a bus token or two to send them over to Burbank for help — no one gives a damn about single people without money. Even the Housing Authority actively discriminates against single adults these days in the way they currently award the city’s Section 8 apartment grants. Just try to get one now in Burbank if you’re not a parent and not a vet (it wasn’t always so).
And good luck to finding a winter shelter in the area if you happen to find yourself without one. Those days are long gone. Homeless pets have more of a constituency now than do homeless adults.