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Denver Shelters Prepared to Host Hundreds More as Change of Weather Rolls In

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Mar 17, 2022 - 06:28 AM

DENVER – Wednesday, March 16, 2022 – While temperatures and snowfall aren’t expected to be extreme tonight and into tomorrow, the City of Denver wants to reassure residents that homeless shelters have space available and are prepared to take in hundreds more guests, if needed.

“We have capacity in our shelters for people experiencing homelessness, and we encourage people to come inside,” said Britta Fisher, executive director of the Department of Housing Stability (HOST).

During every severe weather event this winter, Denver shelters have had beds available, and the city has had contractors on standby to add additional capacity if needed.

HOST, alongside shelter and outreach partners, will continue to monitor weather and shelter usage to activate extreme weather protocols and shelter expansions as necessary. Outreach workers, park rangers and police actively reach out to unsheltered individuals to let them know severe weather is coming and to assist them in finding shelter.

Shelter locations can be found at denvergov.org/housing by clicking on Resident Resources and Find a Shelter. Lawrence Street Community Center at 2222 Lawrence St. is open through dinner time to anyone seeking shelter and food. After 4 p.m., Lawrence Street Community Center is the primary walk up intake facility for men, and Samaritan House, at 2301 Lawrence St., is the primary walk up intake facility for women and families.

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