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Los Angeles Winter Shelters open early to keep the homeless warm

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Los Angles volunteers and emergency rescue teams have been reaching out to homeless encampments across the Los Angeles County area this week in hopes of getting more people into shelters during SoCal's freezing weather. "In light of cold snap, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority has urged Winter Shelters scheduled to open this weekend to open as early as last night (Thursday)," said Jeanette Row, LAHSA Emergency Response Team director. "And the most of the remaining shelters heeded the call."

Bridge to Home, Sylmar with 125 beds, Volunteers of America (VOA), Pomona, 100 beds opened Thursday night instead of this Saturday as scheduled. The MJB Transitional Recovery, South LA with 246 beds will open tonight (Friday), one day ahead of schedule.

LAMP Community, downtown LA, 40 beds, plans to open Saturday along with Bethel LA CDC (VOA, South LA, 150 beds on Saturday.

The 2013-2014 Winter Shelter Program (WSP) normally operates between December 1, 2013 and March 14, 2014. A total of 1,491 beds are available across the City and County of Los Angeles at 13 shelter sites.

On Sunday, Dec. 1, Eight shelters opened for service 1st through March 1st and the five mentioned above were to open from December 14th to March 14th. Due to freezing temperatures throughout LA County this week with no relief in sight, the call went out to the shelter providers that were set to open on Saturday.

First to Serve's Reverend Rick Reed reports that his organization will provide an additional pick-up location at MacArthur Park, which was requested by 1st District LA Councilman Gilbert Cedillo. Cedillo represents people who live in all or parts of the neighborhoods of Glassell Park, Cypress Park, Highland Park, Mt. Washington, Solano
Canyon, Elysian Park, Echo Park, Westlake, Angelino Heights, Temple Beaudry,
Chinatown, Forgotten Edge, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, Pico Union,
Adams-Normandie, University Park, Victory Heights, Koreatown, Mid Cities and
Mac Arthur Park.

The pick-up will begin Sunday, December 15, 2013, at 674 Parkview, directly across from the UCLA Labor Center. The pick-up time is set for 4:30 pm and the drop off time returning to MacArthur Park will be 6:00 am, the following Monday morning.

To get constant updates on pickup sites and transportation schedules visit the Winter Shelter Program Online: http://lahsa.org/winter_shelter_program.asp

In Los Angeles County, more than 57,700+ people are estimated to be homeless nightly. And more than 43,000 men, women and children –a staggering 75 percent of the homeless population –have no options for shelter on any given night.

“This is an annual LAHSA program that operates during the coldest and wettest months of the year,” said LAHSA Commission Chair Larry Adamson. “This critical Winter Shelter Program is funded by the City of Los Angeles and County of Los Angeles and supported by the California National Guard, which provides shelter sites at several armories. We’re proud to help nonprofit homeless service agencies contracted by LAHSA manage each program site."

The sites offer people experiencing homelessness temporary overnight shelter, meals and help connecting to supportive services and stable housing.”

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) is a joint powers authority of the City and County of Los Angeles, created in 1993 to address the problems of homelessness in Los Angeles County. LAHSA is the lead agency in the HUD-funded Los Angeles Continuum of Care, and coordinates and manages over $70 million annually in federal, state, county and city funds for programs providing shelter, housing and services to homeless people.

LAHSA Executive Director Mike Arnold noted that the Winter Shelter Program, which LAHSA has administered since 1994, also provides an opportunity to connect with people, assess their needs, and triage them into the Los Angeles Continuum of Care (LA CoC) in areas where this is the only homeless assistance program available. The 2012-13 WSP provided emergency shelter and services to 7,711 unduplicated homeless individuals.

As in previous years, LAHSA partnered with local non-profit homeless service agencies to administer the day-to-day operations of each program site. This season, the winter shelters are administered throughout the City and County by the following service providers:

† Contracted by the City of Lancaster
‡ Contracted by Volunteers of America of Los Angeles

These agencies will operate sites in the cities and communities of:

  • Lancaster
  • Sylmar
  • Santa Clarita
  • Pomona
  • West Covina
  • Glendora
  • Hacienda Heights
  • Valinda
  • Rowland Heights
  • Glendale
  • Long Beach
  • Bell
  • Downtown Los Angeles
  • West Los Angeles
  • South Los Angeles

In addition to temporary emergency shelter, each program location provides meals and access to supportive services and housing assistance.

Admittance to the shelters is available to single individuals on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals needing emergency shelter can get free transportation to and from the shelter locations from any of the pick-up points throughout the City and County.

2013 - 2014 Shelter Locations and Transportation Schedule (Updated 12/12/2013) is available at: 2013 - 2014 Shelter Locations and Transportation Schedule

For more about the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority visit: http://www.lahsa.org.

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) is a joint powers authority of the City and County of Los Angeles, created in 1993 to address the problems of homelessness in Los Angeles County. LAHSA is the lead agency in the HUD-funded Los Angeles Continuum of Care, and coordinates and manages over $70 million annually in federal, state, county and city funds for programs providing shelter, housing and services to homeless people.

LAHSA Executive Director Mike Arnold noted that the Winter Shelter Program, which LAHSA has administered since 1994, also provides an opportunity to connect with people, assess their needs, and triage them into the Los Angeles Continuum of Care (LA CoC) in areas where this is the only homeless assistance program available. The 2012-13 WSP provided emergency shelter and services to 7,711 unduplicated homeless individuals.

As in previous years, LAHSA partnered with local non-profit homeless service agencies to administer the day-to-day operations of each program site. This season, the winter shelters are administered throughout the City and County by the following service providers:

† Contracted by the City of Lancaster
‡ Contracted by Volunteers of America of Los Angeles

These agencies will operate sites in the cities and communities of:

  • Lancaster
  • Sylmar
  • Santa Clarita
  • Pomona
  • West Covina
  • Glendora
  • Hacienda Heights
  • Valinda
  • Rowland Heights
  • Glendale
  • Long Beach
  • Bell
  • Downtown Los Angeles
  • West Los Angeles
  • South Los Angeles

In addition to temporary emergency shelter, each program location provides meals and access to supportive services and housing assistance.

Admittance to the shelters is available to single individuals on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals needing emergency shelter can get free transportation to and from the shelter locations from any of the pick-up points throughout the City and County.

2013 - 2014 Shelter Locations and Transportation Schedule (Updated 12/12/2013) is available at: 2013 - 2014 Shelter Locations and Transportation Schedule

For more about the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority visits: http://www.lahsa.org.

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