To help stem the swelling ranks of Valley homeless, the Los Angeles Family Housing Corp. is considering converting a North Hollywood warehouse into a shelter early next year.
Michael Childress, director of administrative services for the private, nonprofit agency, said negotiations for the warehouse are under way. He said the agency is considering spending $1.1 million to convert the building into a shelter for 100 to 200 homeless.
"There is a steady increase in the homeless population here in the Valley," Childress said.
According to a study released three weeks ago by Shelter Partnership, a nonprofit coalition of county shelters, the homeless population rose an estimated 13.2% countywide between 1991 and 1992. There are 43,000 to 77,000 homeless countywide.
An estimated 4,000 to 5,000 homeless people live in the San Fernando Valley, said Ludelia Cowan, program coordinator of Cornerstone, a nonprofit service center for the homeless mentally ill in Van Nuys.