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Cold Wx Shelter Options, Project Homeless Connect 15 Cancelled Due to Inclement Weather Forecast

Organizers working with area providers to focus on outreach and sheltering during cold snap

DENVER – Nov. 16, 2015 – Due to blizzard warnings and forecasts of potential heavy snow in the Denver metro area Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 16 and 17, organizers of Denver’s annual Project Homeless Connect have canceled the one-day event. Instead, city officials will focus efforts on outreach and providing shelter from the harsh winter conditions for the homeless in our community. Project Homeless Connect was previously scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 17. Organizers hope to reschedule the event for early in 2016, subject to space availability.

“Many Project Homeless Connect providers are the same people who work to shelter and provide essentials to the homeless during cold weather snaps and we want to ensure our full force of caregivers are available and focused on providing assistance during this storm,” said Denver’s Road Home Executive Director Bennie Milliner. “The safety of the homeless in the community as well as our volunteers and providers is of utmost concern to us. We don’t want to unnecessarily expose a vulnerable population to extreme winter conditions and strongly encourage those who are homeless in our community to remain in a warm, dry location where providers in the city can meet their needs.”

At least 3,400 people are homeless in Denver on any given night according to the 2015 Point-In-Time survey. The number rises to more than 6,100 homeless men, women and children counted in the seven county Metro Denver area. The city has an overflow emergency sheltering plan to ensure that no one who needs shelter is turned away. Denver’s Road Home estimates at least 300 men and 150 women will utilize overflow shelter during the upcoming storm. Anyone needing shelter or anyone identifying someone in need of shelter can call the Mile High United Way at 2-1-1.

SHELTERING OPTIONS (subject to change according to isolated weather patterns):

SINGLE WOMEN:

  • Unaccompanied women over age 18 may call Delores Project (303-534-5411) for shelter availability on Mondays: first time guests can call at 9 a.m. and returning guests can call at 11:30 a.m.  Women may also phone nightly to see if there are no show vacant beds available at 5:30 p.m. A small number of Delores Project’s beds are randomly assigned at The Gathering Place on Monday mornings at 9:30 a.m.
  • Emergency shelter is available through St. Francis Center’s partnership with Capitol Hill United Ministries Women’s Homeless Initiative.
    • Women’s Homeless Initiative’s beds are randomly assigned at 8:15 a.m. at St. Francis Center (2323 Curtis). Women who are assigned a bed must return to St. Francis Center by 5 p.m. for check-in.  If a bed is unclaimed it will be filled by women on the waitlist. St. Francis Center will provide transportation for women to partner churches promptly at 5:30 p.m.
  • Catholic Charities will provide shelter for up to 70 women nightly through the Holy Rosary program at Samaritan House (Broadway at Lawrence).
    • Women over 18 may arrive at Samaritan House between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. for shelter in the Holy Rosary program.
    • Additional women will be able to access limited bus transport from Samaritan House to overflow shelter starting at 7 p.m.
    • Women utilizing the Holy Rosary emergency shelter at Samaritan House will be given preference for any shelter openings in the Samaritan House Extended Stay program. Openings in the Extended Stay programming are randomly assigned at 8:00 p.m.
  • If no shelter options are available and temperatures are below 40 degrees, women may arrive at Samaritan House from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. to obtain a motel voucher.  PLEASE REVIEW MOTEL VOUCHER POLICIES BELOW

SINGLE MEN:

  • Salvation Army Crossroads (1901 29th St.) randomly assigns emergency shelter placements on Sunday and Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Those assigned a bed will secure the bed until the next random drawing is held. Working homeless individuals can obtain a bed for a modest reservation fee.
    • Bus transportation for overflow shelter at the Peoria facility will stage from Salvation Army Crossroads (1901 29th St.) starting at 6 p.m.  Reservations are not required for overflow shelter. Guests of the overflow shelter will be transported to St. Francis Center (2323 Curtis) in the morning.
  • Denver Rescue Mission’s Lawrence St. Shelter (Park Ave. at Lawrence St) will provide emergency shelter each night. Shelter is assigned randomly and guests should sign in for Lawrence Street Shelter (and seasonal off-site emergency shelters) between 5:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Walk-ups will be accepted at the Lawrence Street Shelter only after the lottery signup closes, as space is available, up until 10 p.m., nightly. If the shelter fills, or after 10 p.m., referrals will be made to other area shelters with confirmed capacity. City of Denver Police may drop individuals off at the Lawrence Street Shelter after 10 p.m.

UNACCOMPANIED YOUTH:

  • Unaccompanied individuals between the ages 15 and 21 may obtain shelter at Urban Peak (1630 S. Acoma St.). Youth should phone the shelter prior to arrival at 303-974-2908 to assure there is a vacancy. If the shelter is full, youth will be referred to other sheltering options.

TRANSGENDER INDIVIDUALS:

  • Unaccompanied people who identify as transgender (MTF, FTM, Genderqueer) over age 18 may call Delores Project (303.534.5411) for shelter availability on Mondays: first time guests can call at 9 a.m. and returning guests can call at 11:30 a.m. Transgender individuals may also phone nightly to see if there are no-show vacant beds available at 5:30 p.m.
  • Gender is determined by self-identification at the following shelters: Delores Project, Salvation Army Crossroads (and Peoria Overflow), Catholic Charities’ Holy Rosary program, Urban Peak, Women’s Homeless Initiative.
  • Gender is determined by sex designation on state-issued identification at Denver Rescue Mission and Samaritan House Extended Stay programming.

FAMILIES:

  • Families may obtain motel vouchers at Samaritan House (Broadway at Lawrence) from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m., seven days a week if all shelter options are at capacity. Please review “DHS Motel Voucher” policies below
  • Family Promise provides extended shelter to families at numerous church sites in Denver. Heads of families may call 303-675-0713 to complete an initial phone screening if there are openings. Families that qualify will be invited to an interview prior to enrollment in the program. Family Promise may be able to arrange offsite shelter for family cats and dogs through a partnership with PetSmart.


DHS MOTEL VOUCHER POLICIES:

If shelters reach capacity, women, families, and adults with doctor issued medical statements verifying medical conditions may be assisted with a motel voucher from Denver Human Services.

  • Vouchers will NOT be distributed for failure to access shelter options that have capacity (i.e. missed bus, behavioral restrictions, refusal of shelter options available, etc.).
  • Individuals or heads of household must demonstrate residency in Denver County. 
  • People may not receive more than 12 nights of motel vouchering within the previous 12 consecutive months.
  • During winter months (October-April) if the overnight lows are below 40 degrees, DHS will voucher after 7 p.m. at Samaritan House (Park Ave. at Lawrence) for single nights only. Proof of residency is not required for single night vouchering during cold weather days when temperatures drop below 40 degrees.

Emergency Shelter Assistance Locations and Hours:

  • DHS, 1200 Federal Blvd, General Assistance, M-F 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • Samaritan House (Park Ave at Lawrence), 7 days a week, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
  • *Denver Sherriff at the Downtown Detention Center, 490 W. Colfax Families Only, 7 days a week, after 9 p.m.

*During Cold Weather Policy (Oct-April) DSD will accept direct referrals for single women who are accompanied by a community partner for emergency assistance. (For example, DPD and Street Outreach Teams)*

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