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    LA City opens temporary winter shelter amid recent homeless murders

    The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority in a statement announced its Augmented Winter Shelter Program will be available through Monday night. Authority officials are urging unsheltered homeless individuals to gather with others, seek shelter, and if they must sleep outside, not to sleep alone.

    “We are horrified by these senseless acts of violence against people experiencing homelessness. LAHSA, the homeless rehousing system, and our partners across the city and county of Los Angeles are working to help as many of our unsheltered neighbors as possible sleep safely by making additional resources available and focusing outreach efforts on vulnerable individuals,” LAHSA CEO Va Lecia Adams Kellum said in a statement.

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    In addition to traditional shelters at fixed sites in the city and elsewhere in Los Angeles County, the Augmented Winter Shelter Program provides additional interim housing options during activation periods, typically during severe weather to people experiencing unsheltered homelessness via motel vouchers.

    The Winter Shelter Program began on Nov. 1 and will end March 31.


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