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City partners with homeless providers to shelter those in need this winter

The City and County of Denver and Denver’s Road Home are working hand-in-hand with homeless shelter providers to launch its Winter Overflow Shelter Operation, which will remain in effect through April 30.

Thanks to support from the city, the following organizations will provide additional overnight shelter to homeless individuals.

  • Denver Rescue Mission will have the capacity to serve 150 additional men at Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center for the next 30 days. At the end of the 30 days, the winter shelter will move to another location. 

    Individuals will be transported from the Denver Rescue Mission Lawrence Street shelter to the recreation center for the night. In the morning, individuals will be transported back to the Lawrence Street where they can eat breakfast.

  • Volunteers of America will continue to run a women’s overnight shelter that can accommodate between 55 - 60 females at 1370 Elati St.

  • The Delores Project has extended its overnight shelter to provide 10 additional beds for homeless females.

  • Urban Peak has extended its overnight shelter to provide 10 additional beds for homeless youth.

  • When shelters fill to capacity, Denver Human Services, the Samaritan House or Denver Sheriff’s office may issue a motel voucher to women and families whom have lived in Denver County for at least 30 days.

“We are fortunate to have a strong network of caring homeless providers that can provide shelter, which is a critical and life saving need for hundreds of people in our community,” Denver’s Road Home Executive Director Bennie Milliner said. “Together, we want to make sure that our most vulnerable population has access to a safe and warm place to sleep at night.”

The Salvation Army, Capitol Hill United Ministries Women’s Homeless Initiative, Catholic Charities, Denver Rescue Mission, The Delores Project, Volunteers of America, Urban Peak and several smaller organizations will continue to operate its year-round shelters.

People needing a safe a warm place to sleep at night should call Mile High United Way at 2-1-1 to learn how to get connected to shelter.

Many day and overnight shelters need new or gently used coats, gloves, hats, socks, blankets and toiletry donations.

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