City Opens Emergency Shelters for Homeless

The threat of rain and chilly temperatures Saturday night prompted Los Angeles officials to open the city’s emergency homeless shelters for the first time this season.

Seven shelters, each with room for about 150 people, were opened in downtown, South-Central Los Angeles, the San Pedro-Wilmington area, Hollywood, West Los Angeles, Venice and the San Fernando Valley, officials said.

The city’s shelter program is activated when overnight temperatures are expected to drop below 40 degrees, or when rain is forecast with temperatures below 50 degrees. Beginning Monday, the shelters will be open for 60 continuous nights. Transportation to the shelters is available from 24 pickup points, with locations given on a special hot line, 1-(800) 548-6047.