Winter Shelter Program (Now Closed)

Winter shelters provide shelter, warmth, food and comfort to homeless individuals during the cold and wet weather season.

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The 2014-2015 Winter Shelter Program (WSP) operated between December 1, 2014 and March 15, 2015. A total of 1,521 beds were available across the City and County of Los Angeles at 21 different shelter locations.

For the past 20 years LAHSA has coordinated the Winter Shelter Program in partnership with local non-profit homeless service agencies to administer the day-to-day operations of each program site.

Winter shelter beds were designated in the following Los Angeles City and County areas:

  • Downtown (Central City East)
  • Glendora
  • Hacienda Heights
  • Lancaster
  • Long Beach
  • Pacoima
  • Pomona
  • Rowland Heights
  • Santa Clarita
  • South Los Angeles
  • Sylmar
  • Valinda
  • West Covina
  • West Los Angeles

In addition to temporary emergency shelter, each program location provided 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.


Winter Shelter sites are not able to serve the needs of families.

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

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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.