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Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Homeless shelter to open in cold weather in Orange County

SANTA ANA, California. Orange County officials announced on November 23 that they would begin an emergency program to help the homeless during the winter months.

From December 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022, the California National Guard Armory in Santa Ana will provide 80 beds per night for homeless adults.

The program is run by Volunteers of America in Los Angeles (VOALA) ​​and will provide meals, showers, and overnight stays daily from 5:00 pm to 7:00 am the next morning.

This will be the first seasonal VOALA shelter in Orange County, according to Orange County Health Agency’s director of operations, Douglas Becht.

For over 30 years, VOALA has been active with the homeless in Los Angeles County, running seven cold-weather emergency shelters in various locations, Becht told The Epoch Times.

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When the program arrives in Orange County, participants and staff will be required to adhere to COVID-19 protocols and undergo daily checks. COVID-19 testing and vaccines will also be available on specific dates.

To enter the shelter, the homeless must approach the pick-up and drop-off site at one of the two bus stops in Santa Ana, located on Flower Street and Civic Center Drive, or on Walnut Street near First Street. Inbox is not accepted.

The shelter will be open seven days a week, including holidays.

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Vanessa Serna is a daily news reporter for The Epoch Times from California.

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