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Where to find winter shelter

To help prepare for winter weather, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority has opened shelters to provide safety for people experiencing homelessness. 

If you or someone you know needs emergency shelter in Santa Monica, the closest winter shelter is at the West Los Angeles Armory (1300 Federal Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90025) and is open until March 31, 2020. 

Please note, walk-ins will not be accepted at the West LA Armory – all individuals will need to access pickups at the Venice Skate Park (Ocean Front Walk and Market Street). Free transportation to the West Los Angeles Armory is available from the Venice Skate Park (1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291) at 5 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (times may vary depending on traffic).


To get to the Venice Skate Park, please consider taking Big Blue Bus' Route #1 that runs from Downtown Santa Monica and drops off at Main Street/Market Street in Venice. 

Winter shelters are available on a first-come, first-served basis to single adults. Families with minor children in need of shelter should call 211.

If you are concerned about someone experiencing homelessness in your neighborhood during the colder months and year round, please visit and a local homeless outreach team will check in with that person/s. 

For more information about finding winter shelter and the full winter shelter list in Los Angeles County, please visit or call the 24-hour Winter Shelter Hotline at (800) 548-6047.

For information on how you can get involved in addressing homelessness in Santa Monica, please visit


Participate in the annual Homeless Count 

Each January, community volunteers take to the streets of Santa Monica to count some of the City's most vulnerable individuals – those experiencing homelessness on the streets. In 2019, volunteers counted 985 individuals experiencing homelessness in Santa Monica, an increase of 3 percent from the year prior. Countywide, 58,936 individuals were reported, an increase of 12 percent. Each year, the City of Santa Monica looks at these numbers as an indicator of how Santa Monica's local strategies, in collaboration with LA County regional strategies, are working. Changes in the count offer opportunities to pilot new interventions or reinforce effective approaches.

In 2020, the Homeless Count will continue to provide vital data on how they're doing. Volunteers are needed to help with this very important work. Sign up today at

The City is investing in homeless service grants and an aggressive and continuous Action Plan, which has included:

• Increased clinical capacity of local outreach teams by launching the new C3 Homeless Outreach Multidisciplinary Team and expanding case management slots for the    Homeless Multidisciplinary Street Team.

• Santa Monica Public Library deployed outreach staff and strategies to mitigate anti-social behaviors, including a no-wrong-door approach to service connection.


• Helped shape emerging policies such as best-practice street engagement strategies for cities, 2019-20 priorities for Measure H funding allocation, and the passage of     an interim housing facility standard.


• Launched an online curriculum providing tips to help Santa Monicans more effectively engage people experiencing homelessness.


The We Are Santa Monica campaign shared practical advice on how residents can get involved in the City's efforts to help those experiencing homelessness.

Through doubling down on outreach efforts, staff and partners made over 34,520 contacts with people experiencing homelessness, connecting them to housing and supportive services when resources were available.