Los Angeles, CA–Winter shelters in Los Angeles will open their doors early, due to weather conditions that include rain and freezing nighttime temperatures.
A press release via the Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority details that seven winter shelters open November 26.
In total, 1,232 beds will be available at 16 locations in Los Angeles County. Winter shelters will operate through March 31, 2020. Hours of operation will be from 5:00 p.m until 7:00 a.m
Under severe weather conditions, winter shelters can stay open 24 hours. Shelters have currently been open 24-hours due to rain conditions in Los Angeles.
24-hour shelter hours can be extended due to:
- The 7-day weather forecast predicts two consecutive days when the high temperature will be below 50°, or the nightly lows are below 40°.
- The 7-day weather forecast predicts 50% or greater chance of rain for one or more days where rainfall will be over half an inch.
- The National Weather Service forecast predicts three days of low temperatures of 32° or less.
- The National Weather Service forecasts at least one inch of rain within 24 hours.
- The National Weather Service forecasts three consecutive days of at least a quarter-inch of rain accompanied by high temperatures at 50° or below.
- Shelter providers determine that there is a need to extend their hours based on local weather conditions.