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Severe Weather Shelter

Severe Weather Shelter IS OPEN

nightly through March 15, 2021

intake from 5 to 7 p.m.

SWS is located at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless, beds are limited and there is no guarantee of bed availability. People are encouraged to make other arrangements where possible or to engage with year-round programming.

Openings are posted here and at (720) 663-9238.

The City of Boulder provides Severe Weather Shelter (SWS) services on nights that reach certain weather thresholds between October 1 and May 31. The weather criteria are:

  • National Weather Service (NWS) Warning or Watch for winter weather, winter storm, blizzard, cold/wind chill, extreme cold/wind chill, heavy snow, ice storm; OR
  • NWS prediction of a temperature of 32° F or below; OR
  • NWS prediction of a temperature of 38° F or below with a 30% likelihood of precipitation predicted.
  • Conditions listed above occur during daytime hours and city facilities are not open to the public

To access SWS, people must meet certain requirements:

  • Be screened through Coordinated Entry – One grace night will be provided for persons who were not able to access Coordinated Entry, but they will be asked to go through Coordinated Entry the next day.
  • Arrive before 7 p.m.
  • Be in good standing at BSH and follow the shelter’s health and safety requirements
  • Utilize SWS no more than 30 nights during the season
  • Successfully complete a COVID-19 health screening – any people showing symptoms of COVID-19 or influenza will not be allowed into the shelter and will be transported to the COVID-19 Recover Center for respite and care.

During the 2020-2021 SWS season, SWS services will be provided by Boulder Shelter for the Homeless (BSH), located at 4869 Broadway. BSH is located along the SKIP bus line. 

On the day prior when the forecast shows that the weather thresholds will be met, BSH will inform key organizations and people who have contact with the unhoused population of its decision to open for the night. People can also call 720-663-9238 to get information about SWS opening.

Between December 1 and March 15, SWs will be open every night, regardless of forecast. In addition, Boulder Shelter for the Homeless will be open until 11:30 the next morning. No daily messages will be sent during this time.

SWS beds are provided after all people using the reserved beds associated with year-round programs have been placed. To provide protection for BSH long-term residents with significant COVID-19 risk factors, several people who would normally use reserved BSH beds will be moved to area hotels. This will also provide additional space at BSH for SWS services.

While the Boulder SWS system has been set up to provide extra shelter beds during inclement weather, beds are limited and there is no guarantee of bed availability. People are encouraged to make other arrangements where possible or to engage with year-round programming.


The vision of the city's homelessness strategy is that Boulder residents, including families and individuals, have opportunities to achieve or maintain a safe, stable home in the community. 

The city seeks to achieve this vision by expanding pathways to permanent housing and increasing access to programs and services that are based on best practice and data-driven results. Learn more about the city's homelessness strategy and who experiences homelessness in Boulder.  


Services for individuals experiencing homelessness 

Find the information on available services in the tabs below or call 211, a free number anyone can access for help. 

Adult services - Coordinated Entry

Family services

Emergency Family Assistance Association 

The Emergency Family Assistance Association (EFAA) provides services for families in need, including:

  • Housing
  • Food 
  • Support with critical expenses such as rent and minor medical costs
  • Guidance by case managers 

EFAA's Housing Program provides both short-term and transitional housing. Call EFAA at 303-442-3042 to make an appointment with a case manager. 

Permanent Supportive Housing 

Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) is available for chronically homeless individuals and families. The type of service depends on need and may be provided on a short-term, sporadic, ongoing or indefinite basis. The housing is designed to be affordable and/or serve individuals on a Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The Housing and Human Services Department has planned for more than 90 permanent supportive housing units to become available over the next three years. Permanent supportive housing vouchers are available. Contact Vicki Ebner, Homelessness Policy Manager, at [email protected] for more information. 

Youth and young adult services

Attention Homes 

Attention Homes provides safe housing, food, clothing, counseling, employment help, health care, transportation assistance and other support services to individuals ages 12 to 24. Call 303-447-1207 for more information. 


Drop-in Center: Open every day, 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

Overnight emergency shelter: Open every night, 5 to 8 p.m. 

Appointments: Can be scheduled every day between 8 a.m. and noon.  

Other services

Domestic Violence 


Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN) provides services including crisis intervention, shelter, legal advocacy and counseling for adults, youth and children who have been impacted by domestic or dating violence or are questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship.

If you or someone you know needs help, call SPAN's 24-hour hotline at 303-444-2424 or email [email protected]. You can also contact SPAN by phone at 303-449-8623 or by mail at:

835 North Street 
Boulder, CO 80304

Pregnant Women 

Mother House 

Mother House provides safe shelter for pregnant women and women choosing adoption who are in need. Residents can participate in birthing, pregnancy and parenting classes at Boulder Foothills Hospital, paid for by Mother House, and receive information on how to connect with community services, many of which require a legal residence, including pre-natal and birthing health care, Medicaid and Food Stamps, Woman and Infant Children (WIC) program, and Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). 

Call Mother House at 303-447-9602 or email at [email protected]

Adult services - Severe Weather Shelter

Severe Weather Shelter for single adults experiencing homelessness will be available tonight, Tuesday, Sept. 8 and Wednesday Sept. 9, at Boulder Shelter for the Homeless at 4869 Broadway. Since this weather situation is outside of the normal season for Severe Weather Shelter and due to COVID-19 safety protocols, beds are extremely limited and if possible, clients should make other plans. BSH will have a 7pm curfew. All people accessing SWS must have gone through Coordinated Entry, although one grace night will be provided.

Severe Weather Shelter is located at 4869 Broadway in Boulder and is accessible via the SKIP buses. 

The shelter is open when:

  • There is a National Weather Service (NWS) warning or watch for winter weather, winter storm, blizzard, cold/wind chill, extreme cold/wind chill, heavy snow, ice storm; OR
  • NWS predicts a temperature of 32 degrees Fahrenheit or below; OR
  • NWS predicts a temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit or below with precipitation predicted. 


News and updates 

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How can I help?

People experiencing homelessness have a variety of challenges, including in some cases mental health or substance use disorders. You should only approach someone experiencing homelessness if you feel safe doing so. You can also let the city know of someone in need by calling the Boulder Police Department’s non-emergency dispatch line at 303-441-3333. If you are witnessing illegal behavior or are in fear of someone’s immediate health, please call 911. Encampments can be reported through  Inquire Boulder .

If you would like to refer someone to services:

Please refer single adults needing assistance to contact Coordinated Entry at  303-579-4404 or call 211.

Please refer families needing assistance to EFAA at 303-442-3042.

Coordinated Entry
Boulder: Call: 303-579-4404.
Longmont: Boulder County St. Vrain Community Hub, 515 Coffman St.

We want everyone in our community, housed and unhoused, to feel safe and enjoy our city.

Staff contact

Vicki Ebner, Homeless Policy Manager, at  [email protected]  or  303-518-6587.