This is the first time Denver has operated a 24/7 warming center when temperatures are below freezing, but above 20 degrees.
DENVER — Dozens of people shuffled into the Denver Coliseum Friday to take advantage of a 24/7 warming shelter.
Denver Mayor Mike Johnston’s office said it is looking to gain insight on what the city is capable of implementing during future winter months. Over the next week of operation, the city will be tracking potential costs, logistics and how many people use the resource.
Robert Hicks said he heard about the shelter through a friend.
“They told me it might be beneficial for me,” Hicks said.
Hicks said life, in general, is challenging. He said he hopes the shelter can do more than just provide a roof over his head.
“To better my life is to make sure my significant other, my children are well provided for,” Hicks said. “So that’s an opportunity that this is giving me.”
The Department of Housing Stability is running the pilot program. Director of Communications and Engagement Sabrina Allie told 9NEWS, the shelter can hold up to 400 people.
This is the first time an overnight shelter in Denver has opened when temperatures got to below freezing, but above 20 degrees.
“What it is, is an opportunity to prosper and I think that’s the best opportunity ever,” Hicks shared.
In addition to the option of the Coliseum, people will also have access to daytime warming centers at each of Denver’s recreation centers, Saturday, Feb. 10. The city said each center will have places for people to get drinking water, use a restroom and have a place to sit.
Allie said through Friday, Feb. 16, the shelter will be a low-barrier option for people to get away from the cold weather.
This shelter is specifically for individuals; Allie said families in need should call the Connection Center at 303-295-3366.
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