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(213) 247-5726 (cell)
twaldman@lahsa.org

City And County Winter Shelter Program Extended Through March 31
February 23, 2017

Los Angeles, CA (February 23, 2017) –  The City and County of Los Angeles have extended the 2017 winter shelter program an additional month. A total of 13 shelters will continue operating through March 31.

“Due to above average rainfall and low temperatures this winter,” said Peter Lynn, executive director of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA),” we worked with the city and county to continue the winter shelter program through the end of March. I’m grateful to Mayor Garcetti, Supervisor Solis, the Los Angeles City Council and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors for acting on this request.” LAHSA administers the shelters, which are located throughout the city and county.

In recent weeks, LAHSA has seen an upsurge in the number of people experiencing homelessness who choose to access winter shelters. The occupancy rate is currently around 90%, an increase of some 20% from earlier in the season. The city program funds a total of 830 beds.

The shelters typically operate between 5 pm and 7 am. During inclement weather, they are open 24 hours.

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority 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 more than $132 million annually in federal, state, county and city funds for programs providing shelter, housing and services to homeless persons. For more information visit www.lahsa.org.