Pasadena approves a dedicated cold weather shelter, first since pandemic

The Pasadena City Council approved funding that will help allow nonprofit Friends in Deed to operate a cold weather shelter at Trinity Lutheran Church, the first such dedicated site in the city since the pandemic.

At their Monday, Dec. 4 meeting, the city council authorized a $275,000 contract that will allow the church to make needed capital improvements and a 5-year, not-to-exceed $1.9 million contract with Friends in Deed, including $380,000 for the first year of operational support.

The shelter is set to open no later than Feb. 1, 2024, and run through April 2024.

FID hosted Pasadena’s seasonal bad weather shelter out of a Lake Avenue church gym for more than 30 years until COVID-19 shuttered the operation in March 2020. Since at least 2021, the city has searched for a new site that could replace the longtime shelter, finding few suitable spaces or willing partners to take on the task.