Orange County to Open Cold Weather Homeless Shelter

SANTA ANA, Calif.—Orange County officials announced Nov. 23 it will begin a Cold Weather Emergency Program to aid the homeless during the winter months. Between Dec. 1, 2021, and March 31, 2022, the California National Guard Armory in Santa Ana will be providing 80 beds on a nightly basis for homeless adults. The program is hosted by Volunteers of America Los Angeles (VOALA) and will provide meals, showers, and a bed to participants daily between 5 p.m. until the following morning at 7 a.m. This will be VOALA first seasonal shelter in Orange County, according to Orange County Health Care Agency Director of Operations Douglas Becht. For over 30 years, VOALA has worked extensively with the homeless in Los Angeles County, operating seven Cold Weather Emergency Shelters at various sites, Becht told The Epoch Times. As the program arrives in Orange County, participants and staff will be required to follow …

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