We work with a network of area shelter and service providers and city agencies to ensure that anyone in need of shelter during severe weather is able to access the resources and support they need.
Cold Weather Shelter Information
If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911. Anyone who needs a place to stay should seek shelter at one of Denver's area day and overnight shelters; please see below.
Learn more about snow closures, shelters, and additional services.
St. Charles Recreation Center is open as a warming center.
Please note that the below information is subject to change.
Unaccompanied women over age 18 may call The Delores Project (303-534-5411) for shelter availability on Mondays. First time guests can call at 10 a.m. and returning guests can call at 11:30 a.m. Women may also phone nightly to see if there are no show vacant beds available at 5:30 p.m. A small number of The Delores Project’s beds are randomly assigned at The Gathering Place on Monday mornings at 9:30 a.m.
Emergency shelter is available through St. Francis Center’s partnership with Capitol Hill United Ministries Women’s Homeless Initiative.
Catholic Charities, Women’s Emergency Shelter (WES) program provides shelter for up to 225 women (participants) and those whom identify as women (participants), ages 18 and older, nightly. Participants are assigned to one of three shelters.
Women using the WES program will be given an opportunity to place themselves on a list to be randomly selected for the Samaritan House Program. If a participant has been randomly selected for the Samaritan House Program, they will be notified by WES/Samaritan House staff.
Family Promise provides extended shelter to families at numerous church sites in Denver. Heads of families may call 303-675-0713 to complete an initial phone screening if there are openings. Families that qualify will be invited to an interview prior to enrollment in the program.
Samaritan House provides extended shelter for families. Intake interviews are completed by phone at 720-799-9371. Families are placed on a wait list if no immediate openings are available.
Denver Human Services issues motel vouchers (upon availability) for families experiencing homelessness only as a last resort on a case-by-case basis, when all shelters have been filled to capacity or there is a verified extenuating circumstance that prevents a person from staying in a shelter.
Families may obtain motel vouchers at:
Salvation Army Crossroads (1901 29th St.) randomly assigns emergency shelter placements on Sunday and Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. Those assigned a bed will secure the bed until the next random drawing is held. Working homeless individuals can obtain a bed for a modest reservation fee.
Denver Rescue Mission provides nightly shelter at their Lawrence Street location (Park Ave. at Lawrence St.), as well as staging and transport to overflow shelter. Men should arrive at the Lawrence Street location between 5:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to sign up for shelter that evening. Shelter is assigned randomly between the Lawrence Street location and overflow. In the evening, walkups will be accepted at Lawrence Street for transport to overflow, or accommodation at Lawrence Street until 10 p.m. If busses have already transported to overflow and the Lawrence Street shelter fills, or if individuals arrive after 10 p.m., referrals will be made to other area shelters with confirmed capacity. City of Denver police may bring individuals in need of shelter to Lawrence Street after 10 p.m.
Unaccompanied individuals between the ages 15 and 21 may obtain shelter at Urban Peak (1630 S. Acoma St.). Youth should phone the shelter prior to arrival at 303-974-2908 to ensure there is a vacancy. If the shelter is full, youth will be referred to other sheltering options.
Unaccompanied people who identify as transgender (MTF, FTM, genderqueer) over age 18 may call The Delores Project (303-534-5411) for shelter availability on Mondays. First time guests can call at 10 a.m. and returning guests can call at 11:30 a.m. Transgender individuals may also phone nightly to see if there are no show vacant beds available at 5:30 p.m.
Gender is determined by self-identification at the following shelters:
Gender is determined by sex designation on state-issued identification at Denver Rescue Mission.
If shelters reach capacity, families may be assisted with a motel voucher from Denver Human Services.
If individuals experiencing homelessness need shelter for their pets, animals can be left in the Denver Animal Shelter night drop boxes, which are always open and are indoors so they are heated.
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Download the Denver Shelters and Services Resource Guide [PDF].
Homeless Help assists people who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless to provide needed resources and services.
Call Colorado Crisis Services (1-844-493-8255) or text "Talk" to 38255 for after hours and weekend support for mental and behavioral health crises.
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Anyone needing access to shelter or anyone who encounters someone who needs shelter access between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday can call 2-1-1 to be connected to available resources, including transportation assistance for those who are homeless and have disabilities. If it is an emergency, always call 9-1-1.
For after hours and weekend support for mental and behavioral health crises, contact the Colorado Crisis Line at 844-493-8255 or text “Talk” to 38255.
Outside Denver: 720-913-1311
TTY Service: 720-913-8479