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Severe Weather Shelter Resources

Severe weather activation for Severe Weather Shelter Network and family sheltering is announced by 9am on Severe Weather Shelter Network's website or by calling 720-398-4041. Severe Weather shelter response operates from Oct. 1 through April 30th each year when nighttime low temperatures are projected to be 32 degrees or colder and wet OR 20 degrees or colder and dry.  In Jefferson County mountain communities, severe weather shelter is activated when nighttime low temperature is 32 degrees or colder.


For mountain communities, call 720-598-2653 (720-598-COLD) to learn whether severe weather response is activated.

Severe Weather Shelter Network

SWSN provides emergency overnight shelter on life-threatening winter nights for the single individuals living on the streets in West Arapahoe and Jefferson counties. Volunteers welcome guests by name and provide a hot meal and a  bed roll on severe weather nights from October through April each year.

Families with Children

Families with ties to Jefferson County (school, benefits, etc) may request emergency housing during severe weather events at one of the following locations:

  • Jefferson County Human Services (M-Th 7:30-5:30, 900 Jefferson Parkway Info. Desk). 303-271-1388

  • The Action Center (M, T, Th, F. 9:30-11:30, 1-3. 303-237-7704)

  • Jeffco Public Schools Title 1 Liaisons


Mountain Communities

Evergreen Shelter Program provides shelter, a hot meal, and compassionate interaction to individuals and families experiencing homelessness between Oct. 1-April 30. EChO is able to offer this program through partnerships with Evergreen-area faith organizations and community volunteers.

For more information please go to the ESP Facebook page at

Extreme Weather Overflow

The City of Lakewood will activate an Extreme Weather Overflow Shelter for those vulnerable when weather conditions pose a significant threat to health and safety. The overflow shelter is able to accommodate up to 50 unsheltered adults. Please note this overflow shelter cannot accommodate families, pets, or those with significant mobility issues. If you fall into these categories, see above options or call 211 to learn more about available sheltering options.

Housing & Other Resources

Jefferson County CommUNITY Resource Hub: Jefferson County Human Services, Jefferson County Public Health, and Jefferson County Public Affairs have collaborated with a number of community partners to launch this community-wide resource information under one easy to access hub to help connect our community to support that best fits their needs.


Heading Home Quick Resource Guide (Printable)


Heading Home Quick Family Resource Guide (Printable)

JeffCo Public Schools Youth and Family Connections 

Close to Home Resources Finder

Find Shelter - City and County of Denver

Jefferson Center Resource Library

Colorado PEAK allows for individuals to apply for public assistance online and make changes to their current case.


Jefferson County Business and Workforce Center webpage has information and resources for businesses and those facing unemployment or job seekers.

United Way 211 (Website or call 211) - a state-wide resource hub offering information about food, shelter, COVID-19 related resources, childcare, and basic needs. This site is a great way for individuals to call if they need assistance or search the website for resources in their local neighborhoods. 

Mother Cabrini Shrine Resource Directory

Know Your Rights - New Colorado Rent Laws (2021 session)

Statewide Rental Assistance Resource Packet

Prepared by Colorado Legal Services (updated 9/7/21)

​Jefferson County & Metro Area Resources

Municipal and County Homeless Navigator Programs

Navigators work with local residents experiencing homelessness to identify housing pathways and assist in decreasing barriers on those pathways. Navigators do not have housing, but work to access existing housing resources. They work standard business hours and respond as quickly as possible, but may not be immediate. If you are seeking immediate shelter, please call United Way 2-1-1.

  • Arvada

    • Serves homeless adult households/ individuals; Arvada residents

    • Contact Main Housing Line 720-898-7494

  • Jefferson County Human Services:

  • Lakewood

    • Serves homeless adult households/ individuals; Lakewood residents

    • Contact 303-987-7773. Leave a message and will be contacted directly.

  • Golden

    • Serves primarily homeless adult households/ individuals; Golden residents

    • Contact Bodhi at 303-621-5744 or

  • Edgewater and Wheat Ridge

  • Westminster

    • Serves primarily homeless adult households and families in Westminster, including Jefferson and Adams County residents

    • Email

Housing Resources for Veterans

Veteran Housing Resource Slides & Contact Information. Recording of 6-21-22 Presentation


Process for Getting Veterans on By-Name-List

VA Registration: Call 877-222-8387


VA Outreach: Call Marc Eschler (720-362-0023)

*NEW*: 2022 Annual Homeless Veterans Stand Down

COVID-19 Resources

COVID Recovery Housing

  • Have you tested positive for COVID-19, been tested and are awaiting results or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and need to get tested?

  • Are you experiencing homelessness and have nowhere to safely recover?

If yes, please submit a referral for respite shelter with the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless here. If you have any questions about this process or other housing options, please call the Jefferson County Public Health Warm line at 303-271-8396.

Vaccine Events - Department of Public Health (updated 1/11/22)

  • Free COVID-19 & Flue Vaccine at JCPH office (645 Parfet St., Lakewood). M, T, W, Th 7:30am-12pm, 1pm-5pm. Vaccination Flyer.

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