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Shelter and Housing

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 emergency 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

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.

For a detailed list of Denver shelters and services for people experiencing homelessness, visit our Homeless Help page. 

We also have a list of emergency sheltering options during snowstorms and severe weather conditions.

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. 

If shelters reach capacity, motel vouchers may be available to women, families, and adults with doctor-issued medical statements verifying their medical conditions. To receive a voucher, individuals or heads of household must demonstrate Denver County residency. Additionally, you may not receive more than 12 nights of motel vouchering within 12 consecutive months.

If the overnight lows are below 40 degrees during winter months (October-April),  we will provide motel vouchers 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.

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.).

Currently our shelters do not allow pets. If you’re experiencing homelessnesss 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

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].


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View emergency sheltering options during snowstorms and severe weather conditions.


Homeless Help assists people who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless to provide needed resources and services.


Download our Denver Shelters and Services Resource Guide [PDF].


Denver Day Works is a supported work program designed to provide a low- to no-barrier work experience for people throughout the city who are experiencing homelessness.


Find more housing resources, including how to access help with repairs, listings of affordable rentals in Denver, and weatherization services at the City and County of Denver's Housing portal.


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




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Colorado Works

Monthly cash assistance for individuals and families, plus connections to community resources to help you get back on your feet.


Colorado PEAK

See if you're eligible and apply online for benefits, including food, cash, medical insurance, and early childhood assistance.


Food Programs

Learn about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and where to receive discounted groceries near you.



Main Office, Richard T. Castro Human Services Center
1200 Federal Blvd.
Denver, CO 80204


Customer Service

720-944-4DHS (4347)

If you need Colorado Relay/TTY services in Denver, please call 711. If you need Spanish-language relay services, please call 800-337-3242.


City Assistance

Call 3-1-1

Outside Denver: 720-913-1311
Emergencies: 911
TTY Service: 720-913-8479





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