PALMDALE — An emergency winter shelter for people experiencing homelessness is now open at the Antelope Valley YouthBuild facility, 38626 Ninth St. East.
The 50-bed shelter will be open 5 p.m. to 7 a.m., daily. This is the same facility used as a shelter last winter. It will operate through March 31. The shelter is operated by Volunteers of America — Greater Los Angeles.
People will not be allowed to walk up to the site, but must go to pick-up locations. A van will pick up people daily in Palmdale at:
• 4:30 p.m. at the parking lot at the Southeast corner of 20th Street East and Palmdale Boulevard.
• 5 p.m. at 10th Street East and Avenue Q-12.
• 5:45 p.m. on the South side of Palmdale Boulevard west of Third Street East.
• 6:15 p.m. at Sierra Highway and Avenue Q-7.
There is a shower trailer at the Palmdale shelter. Los Angeles County officials are in discussion about getting a nurse practitioner or other provider to visit.
The High Desert MACC winter shelter with approximately 93 beds, is open at 45160 60th St. West in Lancaster. No walk-ins are allowed there, either. That shelter, which operated previously as a 24-hour shelter, transitioned to a 14-hour winter shelter program on Dec. 1.
Operated by the Salvation Army, it is now open from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m., daily. Transportation will be provided to and from the shelter, as needed. It will operate through March 31.
Vans for the Lancaster shelter pick people up at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m., outside Grace Resource Center on Sierra Highway, South of Avenue I and near the Bartz-Altadonna Community Health Center at Gingham Avenue and East Avenue K-6.
There are no referrals. Breakfast and dinner will be provided. Showers are available on site. Clothing is available while supplies last.
Both shelters are open to men and women and to individuals experiencing homelessness who are 18 years old, or older. Individuals must also be able to get in and out of a bed, bathe and dress independently. Each site has a one-bag restriction.
The county-wide winter shelter hotline is 1-800-548-6047, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For details, visit www.lahsa.org
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