December 1 is the start of Winter Shelter in Los Angeles County.
Their web page has not been updated with the 2010-2011 scheadule – however they do post an overview of the project:
“LAHSA’s Winter Shelter Program (WSP) runs annually from December 1 through March 15. This season, the WSP will increase the number of emergency shelter beds by approximately 1,650 beds at 14 locations throughout the City & County. In addition to temporary emergency shelter, each winter shelter provides meals and access to services and supportive housing.
LAHSA is fortunate to partner with local service providers to administer the day-to-day operations of each program. This season, Catholic Charities, East San Gabriel Valley Coalition, EIMAGO, Inc., Long Beach Rescue Mission, MJB Recovery, People Helping People, Pomona Neighborhood Center, The Salvation Army, and the Santa Clarita Community Development Corporation will operate shelters in Bell, Burbank, Culver City, West LA, the East San Gabriel Valley, Lancaster, Long Beach, Pomona, Santa Clarita, Sylmar, Compton, Downtown LA and South LA.
Access to winter shelters is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Those in need of emergency shelter can access free transportation to a winter shelter via 36 pick-up points throughout the City & County. For a full listing of shelter schedules and pick-up points, click on the PDF document at the top of this page.
LAHSA has administered the Winter Shelter Program since 1994. The program is funded by the City & County of Los Angeles, with the support of the California National Guard. Last winter, the WSP provided emergency shelter and services to 8,605 homeless individuals and 620 homeless families. Over the course of the season, the program provided over 154,000 shelter nights and served over 308,000 meals to persons in need.”