Winter Shelter Program

The 2013-2014 Winter Shelter Program (WSP) will operate 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.

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.

Winter Shelter General Information

Single Individuals

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.



Families seeking assistance at winter shelter locations will be connected to the County’s free information and referral line by dialing 211 from any touch tone phone in the county. 2-1-1 will offer families appropriate shelter and supportive service linkages through LAHSA’s Family Solutions Systems.

Family Solutions System

The Family Solutions System (FSS) started in February 2013 and continues in 2014, consisting of six regional community partnerships (or collaborative "centers") that include nonprofit, private and public entities. The program will provide coordinated assessments, housing and supportive services to families year round as well as during the cold winter season.


LAHSA has administered the Winter Shelter Program (WSP) since 1994. The program is funded by the City and County of Los Angeles with the support of the California National Guard providing shelter sites at armories. The 2011-2012 WSP provided emergency shelter and services to 9,000 homeless individuals; 387 were placed into emergency, temporary, or permanent housing.