FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Denver Human Services Assists Displaced Residents of International Hostel
Extensive Efforts to Offer Shelter and Basic Needs
DENVER – August 24, 2016 – Denver Human Services (DHS) is responding to the various needs of displaced residents, ensuring basic needs are met and shelter is secured.
Since the evacuation of the International Hostel, DHS has partnered with other city agencies and community partners to offer services to all those impacted. Since yesterday’s efforts began, 25 individuals have been transported to and served by DHS. Although shelter is the immediate need, DHS is working diligently to assess evacuees for other imminent needs and have ramped up efforts to ensure all displaced individuals are supported with wrap around services.
Key efforts include:
· Coordination of outreach workers and behavioral health navigators to assist with immediate needs
· Extended the DHS General Assistance lobby hours until 5:30 p.m. today to accommodate evacuees with transportation barriers and other immediate needs
· Extensive screening to assess additional support needed, particularly for temporary shelter
· Resources for additional urgent needs such as food, transportation, clothing and hygiene items
DHS appreciates the Salvation Army’s quick and compassionate response to help ensure all will have a place to stay tonight.
DHS is helping impacted individuals secure shelter accommodations and those that are not shelter candidates will be provided temporary motel vouchers on a limited basis.
Denver Human Services, along with key community partners and city agencies, are committed to continuing efforts that provide assistance and resources necessary for all evacuees in need. While ongoing needs are assessed, DHS has set up a temporary call line to provide after-hour supports. For evacuees seeking assistance after 5:30 p.m., please call 720-944-3035.