Winter Shelter Program

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

The 2014-2015 Winter Shelter Program (WSP) operates between December 1, 2014 and March 15, 2015. A total of 1,521 beds are 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 are designated in the following Los Angeles City and County areas:Winter Shelter

  • Bell
  • 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 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 2013-2014 WSP provided emergency shelter and services to more than 7,600 homeless individuals; 355 were placed into emergency, temporary, or permanent housing.