A coalition of fuming community activists opposed to the city’s plan to place a homeless shelter in Glendale has raised more than $25,000 over the last month to help them mount a legal battle.
“We have been meeting weekly since the middle of August,” said group member Robert Holden, who is also part of the Juniper Park Civic Association. “We feel this is not an appropriate site. It’s an industrial site.”
The city’s Department of Homeless Services is poised to sign off on a contract with Samaritan Village to operate a shelter for more than 100 families at the location of an old factory at 78-16 Cooper Ave.
City officials say they are pressed to find places for the growing number of homeless families who need shelter.
But Holden and others say the location would be bad for both shelter residents and local homeowners.
They also questioned the city’s environmental review of the site, saying it was not thorough.