This week, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority announced the opening of its 2016 Winter Shelter Program from now through March 1, 2017.

Those in need of emergency shelter are encouraged to go directly to one of the listed pick-up points for free transportation, rather than the site address, unless otherwise indicated. Most shelters open at 5 p.m. In the San Fernando Valley, transportation is available at the following locations for the Hope of the Valley shelter:

Hope of the Valley Sylmar Armory  
12860 Arroyo Drive, Sylmar, CA 91342
(818) 207-8776

Pick-up PointPick-up AddressTime
Sun Valley: Hope of the Valley Thrift Store (Van #1)8165 San Fernando Road6 p.m.
North Hollywood: Outside of McDonald’s (Van #1)8045 Lankershim Blvd.6:30 p.m.
Van Nuys: In Front of the Bus Bench (Van #2)6212 Van Nuys Blvd.6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8 p.m.

Walk-up guests are welcome. No shopping carts will be allowed in the shelter, but each guest may bring one small bag.

During the cold and wet weather season, the program provides homeless individuals with essential overnight shelter and meals. In addition to temporary emergency shelter, each program location provides access to supportive services and housing assistance. More than 1,400 beds will be available during the 2016-2017 Winter Shelter Program season across the LA area.

For more information, call the Winter Shelter Hotline at (800) 548-6047 or visit www.lahsa.org.