Majority of winter shelter sites open to homeless people – CBS Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Today, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) announced that the majority of its winter shelters are now open throughout Los Angeles County.

“While many of our winter shelters have never gone offline in order to provide safe places for people to enter indoors during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are happy to bring our full portfolio online to offer protection against rain and cold, ”said LAHSA executive director Heidi Marston.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 23: Aerial view of the homeless encampment at Skid Row on Thursday, September 23, 2021 in Los Angeles, CA. A federal appeals court on Thursday unanimously overturned a judge’s ruling that would have required Los Angeles to provide some form of shelter or housing for the entire homeless population of Skid Row d ‘by October. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

The Winter Shelter Program is a temporary emergency shelter network that provides 315 beds at 11 sites, providing a warm place to sleep, food and access to support services as well as housing assistance for people. without accommodation. The program will last until March 2022.

For nearly two years, due to COVID-19, sites have been operating 24 hours a day, serving three meals a day, and welcoming pets and emotional support animals.

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Selected sites will provide transportation for the homeless to their local sites. All shelters require that guests call prior to arrival to ensure that there are still beds available.

People seeking shelter must be at least 18 years old and are limited to two bags per person. Pets and emotional support animals are permitted. Once at the refuge, guests will be served three meals a day.

“We are grateful to the City and County of Los Angeles and the many cities in the county that we partner with to provide these shelters during the winter,” said Marston. “

Those with more questions about the Winter Shelter Program are encouraged to call the 24/7 hotline at 1 (800) 548-6047. Further information and a list of participating shelters are also available on the website LAHSA website.

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