In 1974, the Ministerial Association and the Burbank Coordinating Council recognized the need for a centralized source of services for the less fortunate in our community. The Burbank Temporary Aid Center (BTAC) was founded to address these needs.
BTAC’s founders knew Burbank’s then somewhat rural veneer could obscure the reality experienced by some of our neighbors, just as a more cosmopolitan and affluent appearance can do the same today.
From the beginning, BTAC’s clients have included individuals and families, the working poor, the homeless, crime victims and senior citizens.
Founded in 1974 and housed at various times since then in a founder’s garage, temporarily vacant residential properties, and briefly homeless itself, in1995 BTAC made this storefront property its headquarters. Including a tiny decrepit house and out-buildings at the rear of the property, the site offered a total of 2,700 covered sq. ft., including leaky plumbing, bad wiring and an active rodent population. The structure was stripped to its bones in 2005 for a major remodeling and expansion project.