LOS ANGELES (CNS) — The Los Angeles City Council has extended a winter shelter program for the homeless by a month, meaning that eight temporary shelters will stay open until the end of March.

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, which runs the program that began Dec. 1, advised the council that the shelters should remain open for an extended time due to the heavy rains this winter.

One such facility is the Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission, at 12860 Arroyo St. in Sylmar.

The program cost $1.85 million in Emergency Shelter Grant funding and about $297,000 in general funds. The council motion extending the program said that “as a result of savings, no additional funding is necessary for the extension.”

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to extend the county’s overall winter shelter program for an additional month, to March 31, and a motion was introduced to explore converting the National Guard armory in Sylmar to a full-time homeless shelter.

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