Shelter and Housing

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Everyone deserves a safe, warm place to sleep. We’re committed to preventing and ending homelessness by connecting those without shelter to resources, support, and services to help them regain stability and improve well-being.

We can help you:

  • Access day and overnight shelter
  • Apply for rental, mortgage, and/or utility assistance
  • Locate supportive services in the community
  • Work toward finding long-term housing

What You Need To Know

Where can I find shelter tonight?

If you need to access shelter or encounter someone who needs shelter between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, call 2-1-1. We highly recommend calling during business hours to make your arrangements for shelter.

  • Between 5 and 10 p.m., single women without children may access the Samaritan House Women’s Shelter at 2301 Lawrence Street.
  • Between 6 and 8:30 p.m., single men may access the Denver Rescue Mission’s Lawrence Street Community Center at 2222 Lawrence Street.
  • Between 5 and 8:30 p.m. seven days a week, families can request vouchers to the Volunteers of America Family Motel at the Samaritan House at 2301 Lawrence Street.

Please note that these times, dates, and details are subject to change.

For a detailed list of Denver shelters and services for people experiencing homelessness, visit the Department of Housing Stability's Homeless Help page. 

Are there shelters for women, women with children, or transgender individuals?

Yes. Check out our list of our shelter partners and the people they serve (single men, women, families, youth, and/or transgender individuals).

How can I access emergency shelter for my family?

Denver Human Services assists families in need of emergency shelter. We may provide motel vouchers when all other sheltering resources have been exhausted. Families with proof of legal custody of children under 22 are eligible for an emergency shelter voucher to one of our partner locations. Proof of legal custody can be determined with birth certificates, school records, court documents, Social Security documents, or an open Medicaid, SNAP, or TANF benefit case.

During winter months (October to April), if the overnight lows are below 40 degrees, Denver Human Services will voucher after 7 p.m. at Samaritan House (Park Avenue at Lawrence) for single nights only.

Emergency shelter assistance locations and hours:

  • Richard T. Castro Human Services Center
    General Assistance
    1200 Federal Blvd.
    Denver, CO 80204
    Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

  • Samaritan House (Park Avenue at Lawrence)
    Seven days a week, 5-8:30 p.m.

Additionally, from October to April, in accordance with its Cold Weather Policy, the Denver Sheriff Department will only accept direct referrals for families who are accompanied by a community partner for emergency assistance (for example, DPD and Street Outreach Teams).

  • Denver Sheriff at the Downtown Detention Center
    490 W. Colfax Ave.
    Denver, CO 80204
    Families only, seven days a week, after 9 p.m.


How can I access a medical respite bed?

Denver's Department of Housing Stability provides respite assistance to individuals experiencing homelessness who are discharged from Denver Health. A Denver Health social worker contacts the respite officer to arrange a bed per the directives of the attending physician.

What should I do if I encounter someone sleeping outside who needs shelter?

If you are concerned for someone’s safety and they are not in immediate danger, call the Denver Police’s non-emergency line at 720-913-2000. If someone is in immediate danger or in a life-threatening situation, call 9-1-1. 

Can I bring my pet with me to a shelter?

Currently our shelters do not allow pets. If you’re experiencing homelessness and need shelter for your pets, animals can be left in the Denver Animal Shelter night drop boxes, which are always open and are indoors so they are heated. 

Certified service pets will always be allowed at our overnight shelters

How can I help people experiencing homelessness in Denver?

You can help people experiencing homelessness by giving your time, your good, or your money. Find out more by downloading our Be a Giver guide [PDF].

Get Started

If you need shelter tonight, please call Mile High United Way's 2-1-1 help line, or:

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