Shelters Open to Provide Safety this Winter Season

December 3, 2019 1:22 PM

Shelters Open to Provide Safety this Winter Season

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Beginning this evening, a winter storm and overall colder temperatures have been forecasted in Los Angeles County. To help prepare for winter weather, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority has opened shelters to provide safety for people experiencing homelessness. 

If you or someone you know needs emergency shelter in Santa Monica, the closest winter shelter is at the West Los Angeles Armory (1300 Federal Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90025) and is open from December 1, 2019 until March 31, 2020. Please note, 

walk-ins will not be accepted at the West LA Armory – all individuals will need to access pickups at the Venice Skate Park (Ocean Front Walk and Market St). Free transportation to the West Los Angeles Armory is available from the Venice Skate Park (1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291) at 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (times may vary depending on traffic). To get to the Venice Skate Park, please consider taking Big Blue Bus' Route #1 that runs from Downtown Santa Monica and drops off at Main St/Market St in Venice. 

Winter shelters are available on a first-come, first-served basis to single adults. Families with minor children in need of shelter should call 211.

If you are concerned about someone experiencing homelessness in your neighborhood during the colder months and year round, please visit and a local homeless outreach team will check in with that person/s. 

For more information about finding winter shelter and the full winter shelter list in Los Angeles County, please visit call the 24-hour Winter Shelter Hotline at (800) 548-6047.

For information on how you can get involved in addressing homelessness in Santa Monica, please visit


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