With the high number of record rains this winter, individuals and families experiencing homelessness have been especially hard hit.
LA County has seen a massive increase in emergency evacuations of encampments in flooded or flood-risk areas. For those that can temporarily escape the rain under an overpass or inside a bus stop, frigid temperatures are life-threatening, especially for children, people with disabilities, and the elderly.
In response, the Board voted to approve a motion by Sup. Hilda Solis to extend the County’s Winter Shelter Program (WSP), which provides 1220 beds during the winter months, through the end of March.
The WSP, which provides shelter, meals, showers, and case management services, is traditionally open for ninety days, from December 1st through February 28th. Regular daily hours include a 14-hour overnight period, with hours extended to 24 hours when it is exceptionally cold or rainy during daytime hours.
These 24-hour activation periods are determined by the Office of Emergency Management, Homeless Initiative, and the LA Homeless Services Authority, in consultation with the National Weather Service.
Those in need of emergency shelter can call the Winter Shelter Hotline at (800) 548-6047, open Mon-Fri, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, except holidays.
They can also go directly to one of the listed pick-up points below for free transportation, rather than the site address unless otherwise indicated. Most shelters open at approximately 5:00 PM.