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Boulder Shelter for the Homeless
Mission statement

To create avenues to stable housing for our community’s homeless adults,from a foundation of supportive and safe shelter.

Brief description of services provided

Although well known for providing up to 160 beds each night and hot meals to its clients, the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless is also Housing Focused and has become committed to the idea of leveraging its efforts and resources to effect as many exits from homelessness for our clients as possible. Housing Focus is an approach that prioritizes breaking the cycle of homelessness by focusing on any available assistance and intervention that leads to a stable place to live.

How Housing Focused Shelter Works
Housing Focused shelter works by providing temporary shelter to individuals experiencing homelessness while actively working to connect them with permanent housing solutions. We provide a pathway to permanent housing, based on a foundation of safe shelter, food, and case management support that helps our clients overcome the many obstacles they face in obtaining permanent housing. Every single client staying at the Shelter is offered the same access to resources and services that will help them end their homelessness.

Type of organization
Emergency Overnight/Homeless Shelter
Financial Assistance (train/bus/plane tickets)
Good to know (internal only)

Coordinated Entry Required + phone/in-person screening
No ID or Doc Required
Weekly Bed Reservations Available
Transport not provided but free city bus to/from shelter/downtown at 5p & 8a
Languages: English, Spanish, ASL video interpreter, Lang Line


Referral & Intake

  • Beds typically available during warm months & full during cold
  • Arrival 5p-7p (4869 N. Broadway)
  • Beds require coordinated entry (CE) phone/in-person screening – CE Screen avail in Boulder & Longmont
    • Boulder M, W, Th, F 10a-4p; Tu 12p-4p by phone (call before 3:30p) or in-person at Age Well Center (909 Arapahoe; arrive by 3pm)
    • Longmont M-F 12pm-7pm by phone (call before 6:30pm)
      • In-person at HOPE (804 S. Lincoln) M,Tu,Th,F 12pm-5pm (arrive by 4pm)
      • In-person at 1335 S. Francis Wed 12pm-5pm (arrive by 4pm)
  • 1st night grace period – if no CE on 1st night, can enter lottery for bed at 6pm – all addt’l stays require CE
  • After CE Screen, a bed can be reserved for entire week on Monday
Service details (internal only)

Type: Gen Pop Emergency Overnight Shelter Stay: 5p-8a; can reserve bed for week on Monday

Space: bunk beds, 2 large rooms separated by gender ID Amenities: shower + hygiene products, laundry (must pay), dinner, breakfast ADA: Not Accessible Storage/Belongings: 1st come 1st served lockers, all belongings must fit in locker or be taken with them Safety: staff on-site overnight Pets: Service Animals only

Services (shelter guests only): Intensive CM, Legal Services, On-site Med Services, Housing Search Asst, Rapid Rehousing, Permanent Supportive Housing

Addt’l Services: Community-based Crisis Services, Peer Support, Mental Health, ACP Enrollment, Security Deposit Asst, Relocation Asst (to safe/stable housing, not another shelter)

Additional Information

Ages served
Genders served
All Genders
Specializations/Sensitive to
LGBTQ+, Individuals experiencing homelessness, Immigrants, Refugees, Individuals with a Disability (physical/mental), Human trafficking survivors, Survivors of DV-SA-IPV, Other
Language capacity
English, Spanish
Faith-based organization
Insurance required?
Services provided if legal status is unclear

Hours of Operation

5:00 pm - 8:00 am
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