Helping the homeless during freezing temperatures

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KUSA - Workers are preparing to take care of those who do not have a home during the fast-approaching cold snap.

Many homeless shelters are getting ready for an increase in people who need someplace warm to stay at night.

* Denver Rescue Mission's Lawrence Street Shelter - has capacity for 315 men nightly. They plan to use every possible area of the building on the coldest nights, including their chapel, Spanish chapel and the hallways. There are 200 actual beds, the rest are mats. The emergency shelter is at Denver Rescue Mission's administrative location at 3501 E. 46th Ave. in Denver. Capacity at the e-shelter is 150 men. Men are bused after dinner from the Lawrence Street Shelter around 7 p.m. and bused back for breakfast around 5 a.m. The queue for beds begins around 4:30 p.m. (along Lawrence), and the chapel typically opens up around 5 p.m..

St. Francis Day Shelter on Curtis Street in Denver - it's open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. It's average is around 720 people, but they have seen over 900 people in a day.

Boulder Shelter for the Homeless on Broadway Street - running at capacity already. They're trying their best to speed up intake. They have overflow warming centers The location of these warming centers are announced every day at the shelter. The shelter buses people from the shelter to church.

Aurora Warms the Night - located at 1555 Dayton. When it's 20 degrees or colder, they open at 10 a.m. Motel vouchers are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

To find other homeless shelters in the area, visit

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