When it's cold, wet and windy out there, the Winter Shelter Program is there to help any homeless adult who needs a place to stay warm and dry.
The National Weather Service is predicting a wet winter because of El Niño. Those in need can get out of the inclement weather at a variety of facilities countywide. Free transportation to the shelters is provided at pre-set pick-up points. Most shelters open at approximately 5:00 p.m.; however, times vary by location.
More information about the winter shelters—including pick-up locations and schedules, and details on whether walk-ups are permitted—can be found at http://www.lahsa.org/winter_shelter_program, or by calling the Winter Shelter Hotline at 1-800-548-6047.
Los Angeles County funds hundreds of temporary shelter beds through the Winter Shelter Program. Earlier this year, in anticipation of severe weather due to El Niño conditions, the Board of Supervisors voted to spend nearly $1.8 million to extend the county-funded portion of the program by two additional months and to increase the number of beds funded by more than 40%.