Shelter and Housing

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Everyone deserves a safe, warm place to sleep. We’re committed to preventing and ending homelessness by connecting those without shelter to resources, support, and services to help them regain stability and improve well-being.

We can help you:

  • Access day and overnight shelter
  • Apply for rental, mortgage, and/or utility assistance
  • Locate supportive services in the community
  • Work toward finding long-term housing

What You Need To Know

Where can I find shelter tonight?

If you need to access shelter or encounter someone who needs shelter between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, call 2-1-1. We highly recommend calling during business hours to make your arrangements for shelter.

  • Between 5 and 10 p.m., single women without children may access the Samaritan House Women’s Shelter at 2301 Lawrence Street.
  • Between 6 and 8:30 p.m., single men may access the Denver Rescue Mission’s Lawrence Street Community Center at 2222 Lawrence Street.
  • Between 5 and 8:30 p.m. seven days a week, families can request vouchers to the Volunteers of America Family Motel at the Samaritan House at 2301 Lawrence Street.

Please note that these times, dates, and details are subject to change.

For a detailed list of Denver shelters and services for people experiencing homelessness, visit the Department of Housing Stability's Homeless Help page. 

Are there shelters for women, women with children, or transgender individuals?

Yes. Check out our list of our shelter partners and the people they serve (single men, women, families, youth, and/or transgender individuals).

How can I access emergency shelter assistance for my family?

You can find emergency shelter assistance for your family from the following locations:

The Gathering Place
1535 High Street
Days: Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri
Hours: 8:30 am - 11:30 am  

Volunteers of America
2877 Lawrence Street
Days: Mon - Thurs
Hours: 8:30 am - 11:30 am  

Samaritan House
2301 Lawrence Street

Days: Seven days a week
Hours: 5 pm - 8:30 pm

How can I access a medical respite bed?

Denver's Department of Housing Stability provides respite assistance to individuals experiencing homelessness who are discharged from Denver Health. A Denver Health social worker contacts the respite officer to arrange a bed per the directives of the attending physician.

What should I do if I encounter someone sleeping outside who needs shelter?

If you are concerned for someone’s safety and they are not in immediate danger, call the Denver Police’s non-emergency line at 720-913-2000. If someone is in immediate danger or in a life-threatening situation, call 9-1-1. 

Can I bring my pet with me to a shelter?

Currently our shelters do not allow pets. If you’re experiencing homelessness and need shelter for your pets, animals can be left in the Denver Animal Shelter night drop boxes, which are always open and are indoors so they are heated. 

Certified service pets will always be allowed at our overnight shelters

How can I help people experiencing homelessness in Denver?

You can help people experiencing homelessness by giving your time, your good, or your money. Find out more by downloading our Be a Giver guide [PDF].


Get Started

If you need shelter tonight, please call Mile High United Way's 2-1-1 help line, or:

Visit them online