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Help for Homeless and Mentally Ill at Glendale Libraries

Post Date:11/27/2017 2:01 PM


Chuck Wike, Community Relations Manager
Library, Arts & Culture


Help for Homeless and Mentally Ill at Glendale Libraries

GLENDALE, CA  - A social worker is available at library locations to better serve library patrons affected by mental illness, many of whom are homeless. The social worker:

  • provides direct support to homeless patrons with or without mental illness
  • conducts 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
  • assists in navigating and connecting patrons in need to area service providers.
  • educates staff on intervention techniques in working with challenging patron interactions.


Earlier in 2017, the Glendale Library, Arts & Culture Department received a grant through the California State Library Mental Health Initiative. A social worker was hired through the grant to provide mental health services at library locations. Those mental health services are now part of regular services at the Library, Arts & Culture Department.



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