are fascinating. Much thought and planning has gone into serving the population who uses the shelters and the areas that host them. I am giving you the link to the handbook : it is 54 pages, but here are some highlights:
Important Fact #1 – what is provided: Sink, toilet, shower, cot and a clean blanket. The blanket will be labeled with your name and sealed during the day.
Important Fact #2 – Who is appropriate: Families and Single Adults can not be housed together. This means that some places may need to secure Motel/Hotel vouchers.
Important Fact #3-You are not a number. you will be seen as an individual and directed to services and resources relevent to your situation. This includes Case management, and follow-up by trained staff.
I have only been to the Winter Shelter in the Glendale Armory – I volunteered a few nights last year and dropped of decorations on Christmas Eve. Keep your ears open for ways that you can step in and see what steps are being taken to end homelessness on a person to person level.