PROTECTIVE ACTION: SHELTER-IN-PLACE
For people experiencing homelessness who are high risk of contracting COVID-19, the City of Denver in collaboration with local service providers are providing temporary hotel rooms in select hotels around the city for people to shelter-in-place.
- Individual rooms for those currently sheltering in group environments, such as congregate shelters or encampments
- Meal services provided
- Limited in-person or virtual integrated health care and case management support provided by Colorado Coalition for the Homeless on weekdays
- 24/7 on-site operational support provided by Salvation Army
NOTE: Hotel stays are a temporary solution during the COVID-19 emergency response; while long-term permanent supportive housing is always the goal, resources are extremely limited and most PEH will need alternate shelter or program-based discharge plans.
Admission criteria may change over time as our integrated health care team follows CDC guidelines based on the most recent research and evidence for at-risk conditions.
Eligibility may be considered for the following conditions:
- Age =/> 65 years old, with or without chronic health conditions
- Any age with one or more of the following chronic health conditions:
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic lung disease
- Morbid obesity
- Serious heart conditions
- Immunocompromising conditions
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Liver disease
- Pregnancy & post-partum
- Post-partum period up to 6 months
- Blood disorders
- This is a voluntary program; clients may decline admission or leave mid-program.
- Clients who do not follow program requirements, decline admission, or leave mid-program may be re-considered but not guaranteed re-admission.
- Low-Acuity Protective Action Program
- High-acuity clients are unable to be safely cared for and supported by this site. We maintain safety criteria in our admission process because we care about the health and safety of our clients.
- Clients who cannot live independently, ask for help, have high-acuity physical, medical, and/or behavioral health needs are not able to be safely cared for on-site.
- Clients who need skilled nursing, assisted living, or hospital-level care will not be able to be safely cared for on-site.
- COVID-19 Activated Respite/Isolation
- This program is to prevent COVID-19, not to care for clients who have COVID-19. If you need to refer a symptomatic or positive COVID client, click HERE.
- Traditional Respite
- This program cannot safely care for clients recovering from an acute healthcare event.
- Please refer to Non-COVID-19 Respite Care | Colorado Coalition for the Homeless.
Due to limited availability, we have paused all intakes at least through the end of June. We apologize for the frustration this may cause.
- Call 303-293-2220, option 9, to schedule a Protective Action telephone appointment.
- Clients may self-refer, or client advocates or case managers may refer on a client’s behalf to the Protective Action program.
For detailed information, refer to the Activated Respite & Protective Action Referral Guides: