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Community and city rally to help homeless during cold snap

The City and County of Denver and Denver’s Road Home are working hand-in-hand with homeless shelter providers to prepare for the frigid cold snap this week. Several organizations and programs are expanding regular services to ensure the homeless have a safe and warm place to stay.

The following organizations will be provide overnight shelter:
• Salvation Army Crossroads shelter for men
• Denver Rescue Mission shelters for men and families
• The Delores Project shelter for women
• Urban Peak shelter for youth
• Volunteers of America shelters for families and women
• Women’s Emergency Shelter, a partnership between the City & County of Denver and Volunteers of America
• Catholic Charities Samaritan House for men, women and families
• Women’s Homeless Initiative with Capitol Hill United Ministries
• Denver Human Services will issue motel vouchers to women and families at its offices, Samaritan House or the Denver Sherriff’s office if shelters fill to capacity.

The following shelters will provide day shelter:
• Urban Peak at the Spot
• St. Francis Center
o Denver Rescue Mission will open if the St. Francis Center fills to capacity
• Gathering Place
• Father Woody’s
• The Delores Project

The following groups will connect the homeless on the streets to shelter:
• The Denver Street Outreach Collaborative will comb the streets 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
• The Salvation Army Search & Army Rescue Van will dispatch after hours
• The Denver Police Department will bring people in need to shelter

The City & County of Denver has provided $1.1 million to support homeless shelters throughout 2013. Over the past 18 months, the city has helped shelter providers add hundreds more shelter spaces for the homeless.

“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.”

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