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Glendale Library and Ascencia Team Up to Help Homeless and Mentally Ill

Post Date:06/14/2017 1:00 PM


Chuck Wike, Community Relations Manager
Library, Arts & Culture


Glendale Library and Ascencia Team Up to Help Homeless and Mentally Ill

GLENDALE, CA - The Glendale Library, Arts & Culture Department received a grant through the California State Library Mental Health Initiative to better serve library patrons affected by mental illness, many of whom are homeless. A social worker from Glendale’s Ascencia will be available at library locations from May 30 – August 31, 2017, to provide the following services:

  • provide direct support to homeless patrons with or without mental illness
  • conduct walk-throughs at Downtown Central and branch libraries to identify and engage patrons who appear to be in need of homeless and/or mental health services
  • assist in navigating and connecting patrons in need to area service providers.
  • educate staff on intervention techniques in working with challenging patron interactions.

Ascencia is a nonprofit organization that provides a range of programs to assist people out of homelessness. Ascencia maintains a strategic partnership with the City of Glendale to provide street outreach, services and residential programs. Ascencia works closely with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to move U.S. Veterans and their families into permanent housing.


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