District manager Gary Giordano said a lot of concerns were raised on whether the homeless shelter’s clients and staff had proper protections for COVID-19, particularly face masks.
“The last thing one wants is people getting infected,” he said, “and then people going out into the community and possibly infecting other people.”
Giordano noted that there was also some discussion about recent incidents at the site, including a stabbing on April 3 that resulted in a shelter resident being arrested.
CB5 members described the meeting as “reasonable and cordial” and “relatively civil,” though Glendale civic leader Kathy Masi said they did not make any progress about protection.
Masi also recommended local pharmacies that had masks to the shelter operators.
She said that with 120 shelter residents and more than a dozen staff members, there are close to 140 people in the facility.
“They have too many people,” Masi said. “It’s not possible for them to social distance in the building.”
She added that while the city is moving some homeless people into hotels, it likely won’t apply to the men at the Cooper Avenue center, who are currently seeking work.
CB5 Chair Vincent Aruci said that is an issue they will address with the mayor’s office.
“We will work on that this week,” he said.