Resources for the homeless

Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, 4869 N. Broadway, runs a winter shelter that opens Oct. 15. The shelter's 130 emergency beds are allocated based on a lottery system. Intake is from 5 to 7 p.m. daily. The shelter also runs a year-round transition program and offers morning services, including breakfast, laundry, showers, mail and phone messages, year-round from 6 to 8 a.m. For more information, call 303-442-4646.

Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow run Boulder's overflow warming shelter this year. The group is looking for a permanent home. People looking to help can contact BOHO at P.O. Box 1393, Boulder, CO 80306 or jimbudd1@hotmail.com.

Boulder County Cares is the street outreach arm of the shelter. Its volunteers bring blankets and food to homeless people on the streets from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 1 through April 30. If you see a homeless person in need during these hours, call 303-358-7036 to request assistance.

Carriage House Community Table, 11201/2 Pine St., provides a daytime shelter, hot meals, access to medical care, including mental health services, a case worker and resource referrals. The shelter is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 303-442-8300.

Emergency Family Assistance Association provides a variety of social services, including food, rent and medical assistance, in Boulder and Broomfield counties.


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EFAA also runs Boulder County's only emergency family shelters and provides transitional housing for families. To qualify for shelter services, call 303-442-3042 to make an appointment with a case worker.

As temperatures plummeted into the single digits Thursday, a Boulder group that runs an overflow winter shelter for homeless men and women announced that it wants to open the emergency shelter more than originally planned -- but needs more money to do so.

Jim Budd, executive director of Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow, said Wednesday night -- when temperatures dipped to 8 degrees -- that the overflow was packed with 54 people, which is more than the shelter has ever had and far above its average of 30.

With forecasts predicting another night of arctic weather and another busy night helping the homeless, Budd said, he's realized how many people need the service and how often. That's why he's changing the criteria for when to open the overflow.

Until this week, the overflow opened when temperatures dropped to 20 degrees with moisture or 10 degrees without moisture.

"That was too low," Budd said Thursday after gauging the need this season.

The overflow from now on will open when temperatures reach 32 degrees with moisture or 25 degrees without, Budd said.

"That's going to necessitate us going out on the hunt for more funding," he said. "But it's important that we go to new criteria."

The overflow offers warm floor space in churches around the community for homeless people who can't get into the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless -- either because there's no room or because they aren't in compliance with the drug and alcohol rules.

The overflow will take anyone, regardless of how much they've had to drink or how high they are.

Greg Harms, executive director for Boulder's homeless shelter, said the shelter's 160 beds haven't been completely full this week, possibly because the overflow is available. About 150 people stayed overnight Wednesday, he said.

"Some of the people might have gone there and not come to the shelter," he said Thursday.

It's also the first of the month, which is when a lot of people receive disability payments from the government and can afford to pay for a place to sleep, Harms said. Still, he said, many don't get shelter, and Boulder County Cares -- a street outreach program that canvasses the community to distribute blankets, gloves, warm clothing and food to unsheltered people -- has been busy this week.

Joy Eckstine, executive director of Carriage House, said her organization also extended its open hours Wednesday and Thursday and has been "far over capacity" since temperatures dropped.

"We're just trying to allow people to be in the building as much as possible," she said. "We've seen one or two people with frostbite, and we're focused on trying to get people into the right gear."

Some mentally ill homeless people refuse to bundle up with warm clothes and blankets, Eckstine said.

"There is one man who only will wear shorts, and we're really trying to get them to accept help and clothing," she said.

Eckstine said the Carriage House, Boulder County Cares, the homeless shelter and overflow are desperate for blankets, which they use in the buildings and to distribute to people sleeping on the streets. So far this year, she said, 13 homeless people have died on the streets in Boulder County.