Length of Stay Policy
Jan. 17, 2024 - The City and County of Denver will resume discharging migrant families with children from city-run facilities while also extending its previous length-of-stay policy for families. The changes will begin in February and will be rolled out over a period of several weeks.
The city will provide all newly arriving families with children with up to six weeks (42 days) in shelter, up from the previous limit of 37 days. This timeframe is in line with best practices as it relates to attaining housing. Length-of-stay for individuals without children will remain two weeks (14 days). This policy takes effect on Feb 5.
The city will also begin discharging migrant guests again under the following policy:
- Those who do not qualify for the shelter program but have been admitted since family discharges were paused in November will be discharged on Feb. 5. Individuals must be in the U.S. for fewer than 30 days before coming to Denver and have an Alien Registration Number to qualify for Denver’s shelter program.
- Those who had previously timed out of the shelter program but were readmitted during the pause will be discharged on either Feb. 5 or Feb. 6.
- Families with children who entered shelter on Oct. 12, 2023 or later will begin discharges on Feb. 7. Discharges will be based on arrival date and occur in rolling fashion, with every family receiving a written notification of their discharge date. All families with children will have received at least 42 days in shelter, with some families having been provided as long as four months.
We encourage all newcomers to Denver to begin forming a long-term plan once they enter shelter. While Denver remains a welcoming city, resources are limited and we cannot provide shelter for indefinite periods of time. Denver will continue to connect newcomers with nonprofits and other available resources during their stay.
Zuni St. Encampment Closure
The City of Denver took action in early January 2024 to provide significant aid and support to migrants experiencing homelessness. The migrants, who were living at a large encampment in the area of Zuni and 26th, were experiencing unsafe conditions and were in need of better solutions for long-term success. As a result, Denver is taking the following steps at this encampment:
- Assisting individuals in applying for housing while covering first month’s rent, deposit, and security fees for those who are already working. Denver can provide up to three month’s rent for those still seeking employment. As of January 2, around 100 people had already secured housing through this strategy.
- Opening two congregate shelter sites as well as creating space for families at a third location. Congregate shelters include space for limited storage, shower trailers, and additional sanitation services. Crucially, these sites also allow to better engage with individuals as they work to obtain housing and employment.
- Providing onward travel – largely in the form of bus tickets – to individuals who no longer wish to stay in Denver.
Much of the funding that made this effort possible was provided by City Council and strategies like these, while effective, are not feasible for the full population currently being served by the city. Denver continues to call on the federal government for significantly more funding, coordination and access to work authorization.
48th and Fox Encampment
Jan. 11, 2024 – The City of Denver provided shelter to migrants living in an encampment near 48th and Fox Thursday, a move made possible by recent success in housing newcomers experiencing homelessness and spurred by dangerously cold temperatures. Individuals will be offered 30 days in congregate shelter and connected with resources.
Individuals were able to take two large bags of items with them, with other belongings being stored offsite. Advocates are assisting in gathering and storing salvageable items ahead of the encampment being resolved on Jan. 18.