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Denver Opens New Facilities, Shelters Hundreds This Winter

Providers and city open three new shelters ahead of 2017/2018 winter season

DENVER – With three brand new facilities now open, Denver and its partners are prepared to shelter more than a thousand people without homes each night this winter. The City and County of Denver, through Denver’s Road Home, provides $2.9 million annually to support emergency shelter services. The city works with a network of providers to house, shelter and support people experiencing homelessness in Denver year-round.

“As the weather gets colder, it’s critical to us that everyone experiencing homelessness has a safe, warm place to spend the night, especially during the winter months when being outside can be extremely dangerous,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “Denver and our partners are working hard to provide for that need, and our top priority remains providing more housing and better connections to the support our homeless residents need to improve their lives and improve their futures.”

The city’s newest shelter, a 40,000-square foot facility near 48th Ave. and Colorado Blvd., is the first city-owned permanently sited shelter. The new site replaces a temporary location near Peoria Blvd. which had housed the city’s emergency shelter since 2014. The new location includes greater access to charging stations and provides beds for sleeping instead of sleeping mats alone; 300 men will be able to stay at the shelter each night. The building will undergo additional renovations to modernize bathroom facilities, add showers, and make other improvements in phases during the next year.

The Denver Rescue Mission’s new Holly Street Center, which opened today, provides shelter space for 228 men each night. In addition to the beds, the center is equipped with showers, restroom facilities, washers and dryers, and connects guests to other programs offered through the Denver Rescue Mission.

Catholic Charities new Samaritan House Women’s Shelter opened in October. The shelter is now Denver’s largest women-only shelter, providing overnight accommodations to up to 100 women nightly. The facility also has 50 beds dedicated to longer-term stays.

Guests at all three new facilities will meet at the Lawrence Street Community each evening for dinner and transportation to the sites, and will return for to the Center for breakfast the following morning. General information on accessing shelter and contact information for Denver shelter providers can be found at www.denversroadhome.org.

The city and its partners have helped find stable housing for more than 2,950 people experiencing homelessness in the last 34 months. More than 1,990 people living without homes were referred to mental health, physical health, or substance use treatment services via outreach teams through October 2017; 645 people experiencing homelessness obtained permanent employment or received workforce training through the work and programs supported by the Denver’s Road Home Employment Subcommittee in 2017. During the pilot year of the Denver Day Works program, 215 people had work opportunities and 110 of those participants found permanent employment. This fact sheet outlines just some of the ways the city is supporting people experiencing homelessness in Denver.