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Sheltering Options During Snowstorms and Severe Weather Conditions

The City and County of Denver works with a network of area shelter and service providers to ensure that anyone in need of shelter during severe weather is able to access it. 

*Please note that the below information is subject to change.*


No one should try to weather Colorado's severe storms outdoors.

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. 

Overnight Shelter Options in Denver


Unaccompanied women over age 18 may call 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 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.

  • Women’s Homeless Initiative’s beds are randomly assigned at 8:15 a.m. at St. Francis Center (2323 Curtis). Women who are assigned a bed must return to St. Francis Center by 5 p.m. for check-in. If a bed is unclaimed it will be filled by women on the waitlist. St. Francis Center will provide transportation for women to partner churches promptly at 5:30 p.m.

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 3 shelters.

  • Participants arrive at Samaritan House, Holy Rosary Shelter at Broadway and Lawrence, between 4:30 p.m-5 p.m. for shelter assignment and a meal.
  • Those participants assigned to other shelters, access-chartered bus transport from Holy Rosary Shelter to East Shelter and Transitional Stay Shelter starting at 6: 00 p.m.

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. 


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 St. location (Park Ave. at Lawrence St.), as well as staging and transport to overflow shelter. Men should arrive at the Lawrence St. 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 St. location and overflow. In the evening, walkups will be accepted at Lawrence Street for transport to overflow, or accommodation at Lawrence St. until 10 p.m. If busses have already transported to overflow and the Lawrence St. 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 St. after 10 p.m.

  • Bus transportation for overflow shelter will stage and depart from Lawrence St. Community Center (2222 Lawrence St.) starting at 7 p.m. as well as Salvation Army Crossroads (1901 29th St.) starting at 6:30 p.m. All guests must arrive and depart from overflow by charter bus. No walkups are allowed at the overflow shelter. Guest men of the overflow shelter will be able to sign up for next day bed assignment at the overflow. Guests can also sign up for next day bed assignment upon being transported back to Lawrence St. Community Center in the morning.


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 assure 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 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: 

  • Delores Project
  • Salvation Army Crossroads (and Peoria Overflow)
  • Catholic Charities’ Holy Rosary program
  • Urban Peak
  • Women’s Homeless Initiative
  • Samaritan House

Gender is determined by sex designation on state-issued identification at Denver Rescue Mission.


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:

  • Denver Human Services, 1200 Federal Blvd; General Assistance on 2nd floor, Monday – Friday, 9:00a.m.– 3:00p.m.
  • Samaritan House (Broadway at Lawrence) from 5:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., seven days a week if all shelter options are at capacity.

Please review DHS Motel Voucher Policies below.


If shelters reach capacity, families may be assisted with a motel voucher from Denver Human Services (DHS). 

  • Families with children under the age of 18 are eligible
  • People may not receive more than 14 nights of motel vouchers within the previous 12 consecutive months.
  • During winter months (October-April) if the overnight lows are below 40 degrees, DHS will voucher after 7 p.m. at Samaritan House (Park Ave. 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 Ave at Lawrence), seven days a week, 5-8:30 p.m.
  • Additionally, During Cold Weather Policy (Oct. - April) 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.

Pets Needing Shelter

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.

Please stay safe out there and keep an eye out for others who may be in need.

During severe weather, homeless outreach teams with the city and those operated by area service providers work to locate and assist any persons in need of shelter. Teams work across the city.

City staff are in close contact with the shelter operators to ensure that anyone seeking and willing to access shelter is able to do so. The city has an overflow shelter plan that allows for opening additional shelter options should it be needed.


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