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Severe Winter Weather Response

Denver Activates Severe Weather Shelter

Denver Coliseum will Open 24/7 Friday, Feb. 9 through Friday, Feb. 16

 

DENVER – Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024 – With forecasted cold weather and possible snow arriving this weekend, Mayor Mike Johnston, in collaboration with City Council, is activating a pilot to provide around-the-clock, 24/7 cold weather shelter from 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9 through 9 a.m. Friday, Feb. 16 at the Denver Coliseum, 4600 N Humboldt St. People experiencing homelessness should walk up to the location directly.

 

“Cold weather poses a serious danger to people who are unsheltered,” said Mayor Mike Johnston. “We’ve heard City Council’s desire to stand up additional cold weather shelter when temperatures reach 32 degrees, and this pilot will allow us to determine the viability of doing so next winter.”

 

Individuals in need of shelter can also be referred to the city’s “front door” shelter access points (denvergov.org/findshelter), which are also expanding their capacity for the cold weather. Front door shelters include:

  • For individual men – Lawrence Street Community Center, 2222 Lawrence St.
  • For individual women – Samaritan House, 2301 Lawrence St.
  • For youth ages 15-20 – Urban Peak, 2100 Stout St.
  • Families in need of shelter should call the Connection Center at 303-295-3366.

 

Denver Parks and Recreation will open all currently operating recreation centers as daytime warming centers during regular business hours on Saturday, Feb. 10, for people who need a place to warm up. Each center will have a designated area available for warming, with access to drinking water, restrooms, and a place to sit. 

 

For more information about shelter access, visit denvergov.org/findshelter.

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