The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) Winter Shelter program was created to help the homeless during colder months.
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- As Southern California prepares for a pair of storm systems that will likely douse much of the region, officials are helping those in need of shelter.
The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) Winter Shelter Program, which was created to help the homeless during colder months, is currently open with shelters all across the county.
Due to anticipated severe weather, the LAHSA has also activated the Augmented Winter Shelter Program (AWSP) through the use of hotel/motel vouchers.
The first storm system is expected to arrive in the area Wednesday night, with the brunt of it arriving early Thursday morning in L.A. County.
If you or someone you know is in need of shelter, here's what you need to know about the program.
All Winter Shelter participants must be 18+ and must be experiencing homelessness, according to the program's website.
Once you're in, you'll have access to a shelter that serves three meals a day. Meals at weather-activated shelters are dependent on activation hours. The program also offers pet and emotional support.
According to the program, all shelters have a two-bag restriction. Anything more than that will not be allowed.
Start by calling 211 and you'll be referred to a shelter nearest you. For emergency food or shelter, press 3. For emergency shelter only, press 2. Those who are single or couples without children looking for shelter, press 1.
You can also call 1-800-548-6047 for faster service. Remember, there are a limited number of beds at each site. By calling 211, officials will help make sure a bed is available.
Yes, transport is available.
You can find a full list of shelters participating in the Winter Shelter program here.
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