Denver, Colorado Cold Weather Motel Voucher Program
The Denver Department of Human Services (DHS) offers a Cold Weather Motel Voucher program, which is designed to ensure that homeless families have a temporary place to stay during colder, inclement weather. Vouchers are offered by DHS between October and April, during periods when the temperature drops below 40 degrees and when all Denver shelters are at capacity. Families with children under the age of 18 can apply for a voucher through the program, and stay in a participating motel for up to two weeks. In addition to receiving temporary housing, families will also be enrolled in a case outcome planning program, which will coach families through housing options, employment training, and additional benefits.
Throughout the City of Denver, there are four different locations/motels that are available through the voucher program, should all shelters throughout the city be full. The motels or hotels must be ADA accessible, be able to accommodate service animals, and maintain an environment that is safe for the individuals and families participating in the motel voucher program. Reimbursement from the DHS will be paid on a per room basis.
These facilities are intended to provide a short-term facility for homeless families that is safe, clean, and free of illegal activities. Vouchers are only available when other shelters have been filled to capacity, or there is an extenuating circumstance. Decisions on handing out vouchers are made on a case-by-case basis. While staying at the location, recipients of a voucher must not only look into other housing options during their stay, but must also enroll in counseling that will help the family find permanent housing, and may even have the opportunity to take part in employment and financial training. While staying on the property, families are required to follow the rules of the hotel/motel, the DHS, and the laws of Denver.