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City of Burbank Recognized by ICMA for Program Excellence

Burbank, CA (October 14, 2021) – The City of Burbank has been recognized by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) as a recipient of the Community Health and Safety Award for its Homeless Street Outreach Program. The award recognizes innovative local government programs or processes that improve the community’s safety, health, and/or wellness, or enhance the quality of life for the disadvantaged.

Like many other cities in California, Burbank has experienced an increase in homelessness, exacerbated by the state’s housing crisis and economic downturn. To help combat the crisis, Burbank developed a comprehensive Homeless Street Outreach Program that involves city staff, local nonprofits, Los Angeles County agencies, contracted services, the Burbank Police Department’s Mental Health Evaluation Team and the City’s Public Information Office to combat homelessness.

“The City of Burbank is honored to be recognized for our efforts in addressing homelessness. The cooperation between our city partners has resulted in a robust Homeless Street Outreach Program that has been successful in proactively seeking out and assisting the most vulnerable individuals in the community,” said Mayor Bob Frutos. “Our Program can point to numerous success stories, including helping 122 individuals procure shelter, food, clothing, medicine, and reunification with family members; and placing 46 families into shelters and housing with no relapse into homelessness.”

The ICMA Local Government Excellence Awards highlight creative contributions to professional local government management, while demonstrating the difference that this type of management makes to the quality of life in our communities. ICMA’s Program Excellence Awards are presented to local governments and their chief administrators in recognition of their innovative and successful programs. Nominations are evaluated by an independent, 17-person panel of ICMA members.

To learn more about how the City is tackling the homelessness, visit https://www.burbankca.gov/homelessness.

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About Burbank

Burbank is a diverse community of 106,000 residents. Billed as the “Media Capital of the World”, numerous media and entertainment companies are headquartered in Burbank including Warner Bros. Entertainment, The Walt Disney Company, Nickelodeon Animation Studios, Netflix Animation, and Cartoon Network Studios. With the Hollywood Burbank Airport located within the City, Burbank is a go-to destination for business and tourism. Additionally, Burbank is known for its walkable and safe neighborhoods, well-run school district, and “small town” charm.

About ICMA

ICMA, the International City/County Management Association, advances professional local government worldwide. Our mission is to create excellence in local governance by developing and fostering professional management to build livable communities that improve people’s lives. ICMA provides member support; publications; data and information; peer and results-oriented assistance; and training and professional development to nearly 12,000 city, town, and county experts and other individuals and organizations throughout the world. The management decisions made by ICMA's members affect millions of individuals living in thousands of communities, from small villages and towns to large metropolitan areas. Learn more at icma.org.

Published on: October 14, 2021
09:04 AM