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November 02, 2023 | December 18, 2023 | 3,488 total views

LAHSA’s reimagined 22-23 Augmented Winter Shelter Program helped 652% more people than the previous season.

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA)’s Winter Shelter Program for the 2023-24 season opened Wednesday, November 1. The life-saving program, which offers 388 beds across eight sites in Los Angeles County, will run through March 31, 2024.  

The County of Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles provide funding to LAHSA to administer the Winter Shelter Program. LAHSA contracts with non-profit service providers to operate the temporary emergency shelters. The Winter Shelter Program offers two components to help people experiencing unsheltered homelessness escape winter weather: the Seasonal Winter Shelter Program and the Augmented Winter Shelter Program. 

“We’re excited to provide this important, life-saving resource for our unhoused neighbors during these cold, wet months,” said LAHSA CEO, Dr. Va Lecia Adams Kellum. “We served more people through our augmented program last year, and we know that increased awareness will make it a vital resource this year as well.” 

The Seasonal Winter Shelter Program operates sites 24 hours a day, seven days a week, during the winter shelter season. These emergency shelters offer a total of 388 beds across eight sites (seven sites in the City of Los Angeles with 258 beds and four sites in the County of Los Angeles with 130 beds) to help people experiencing homelessness. These temporary emergency shelters provide a warm place to sleep, meals, and access to supportive services and housing assistance.    

Below is a current list of the Winter Shelter Program sites operating this season:  

Site  

Provider   

SPA  

LA City CD  

SD  

Address  

Beds  

County or City  

Population   

Ardmore  

Abundant Blessings  

6  

10  

 2 

1135 S. Ardmore Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90006  

32  

City  

Male  

Broadway  

Home at Last  

4  

 8 

 2 

8768 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90003  

50  

City  

Female  

Second AME Church   

Bryant Temple  

6  

 9 

 2 

5500 S. Hoover St., Los Angeles, CA 90037  

60  

City  

Male  

Western  

New Reflections  

6  

 8 

 2 

8311 S. Western Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90044  

55  

City   

Male  

60th Street   

Volunteers of America of Los Angeles  

1  

NA 

5  

45150 60th St., West Lancaster, CA 93536.  

44  

County  

Gender Inclusive   

Whittier   

Whittier First Day  

7  

NA  

 4 

12426 Whittier Boulevard, Whittier, CA 90602  

11  

County  

Gender Inclusive  

9th Street  

Advancing Communities Together   

1  

NA 

 5 

38626 9th St E., Palmdale, CA 93550  

35  

County  

Gender Inclusive  

  

FTS Long Beach 

First to Serve 

NA 

702 W Anaheim St., Long Beach CA 90813 

35 

County 

Gender Inclusive 

 

 **Please note, not all sites will be opening November 1stand additional sites may open during the season; please refer to LAHSA Winter Shelter Page for opening dates.**  

Additionally, LAHSA’s reimagined Augmented Winter Shelter Program will return and open on a limited-time basis during severe or inclement weather conditions (known as activation periods), as determined by the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management. The Augmented Winter Shelter Program provides additional interim housing options during activation periods to people experiencing unsheltered homelessness.   

Below is a description of the severe or inclement weather conditions that inform the County’s Office of Emergency Management decision to activate the Augmented Winter Shelter Program:  

  • The National Weather Service (NWS) forecast calls for three (3) days of low daytime temperatures accompanied by night wind chill temperatures of 32 degrees or less.   

  • The forecast calls for 1 inch of rain in 24 hours.   

  • The forecast calls for three (3) consecutive days of 1/-4 inches of rain or more accompanied by temperatures at or below 50 degrees.   

  • The National Weather Service (NWS) issues a flood watch or warning.   

  • Conditions not previously identified by the plan but for which it would be prudent to do so based upon critical need.   

In the 2022-23 season, the Winter Shelter Program served 6,067 people between the Seasonal and Augmented programs. That is a 176% increase over the number of participants in the 2021-2022 season. 

The Augmented Winter Shelter Program – which offered motel rooms to people experiencing unsheltered homelessness – exceeded expectations by providing shelter to 652% more people in the 2022-2023 season than the previous season. In total, 5,402 people utilized the Augmented Winter Shelter program during Winter 2022-23.   

The flexibility provided by using motel rooms in regions of the County experiencing severe weather led to an increase in the Augmented Winter Shelter Program. Instead of being limited by an augmented program that utilized a few hundred congregate beds in a few regions across the county, the reimagined Augmented Winter Shelter Program made motel and hotel rooms available to people experiencing unsheltered homelessness in every region with severe weather. As a result, last season’s Winter Shelter Program helped 176% more people while only costing 20% more money than the previous winter season.   

The Winter Shelter Program starts on November 1, 2023, and ends on March 31, 2024. Individuals who are experiencing unsheltered homelessness and who are seeking shelter during the winter season can contact 2-1-1 LA County (dial 2-1-1) to find out about available interim housing resources. 

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