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Services for People Experiencing Homelessness


Extreme Weather Warning

It is extremely dangerous to remain outside during winter storms. Anyone who needs a place to stay should seek shelter at one of Denver's area day and overnight shelters. A map of available shelters is below. If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 9-1-1. For more information on services and supports, please call Mile High United Way at 2-1-1.

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.

During extreme cold or hot weather, people experiencing homelessness can go to one of the several day shelters in the city. Find a map of day shelters in Denver here. You can also find more information on our Emergency Shelter page.

Our Street Outreach team partners with St. Francis Center, Salvation Army, Urban Peak, and the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless to provide search and rescue and outreach services to people who do not access shelter or other supportive services.

This can include visits to neighborhoods throughout the community to connect directly with people experiencing homelessness right where they are staying to try and connect them to vital resources like potential housing options, vital records, legal identification, food or medical assistance, behavioral or mental health services, and other essential services.

Our Denver Shelters and Services Resource Guide is located on our Homeless Help page. You can also download a copy here.

Day Shelters in Denver


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


Access information on Emergency Shelter services in Denver.


Download our Housing Resource Guide [PDF] of services and solutions available by region.


Three-year Shelter Strategy

The City and County of Denver contracted with a national industry expert to conduct a Shelter Analysis and Strategy Project to analyze Denver’s homeless shelter system and provide options and recommendations for a three-year shelter plan.

The analysis took into consideration demand vs. current capacity; whether there was a need to expand, reconfigure current shelter or both; and feasibility, budget and timeline estimates.


Project Homeless Connect


Since 2006, Project Homeless Connect Denver has provided nearly 16,000 individuals experiencing homelessness with services including medical care, legal and employment services, haircuts, benefit assistance, clothing and other community services.

The annual event is coordinated by Denver’s Road Home and Mile High United Way with support from We Don’t Waste, Regis University, and the U.S. Bank Foundation.





Together, we’ve got this.


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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