Some homeless bundle up for night in cold and snow on streets

DENVER -- Shelters for the homeless are expecting a larger turnout as the temperatures drop and snow blankets the city Thursday night.

Two days after a police sweep of Lawrence Street at Park Avenue West, tents and shopping carts lined the sidewalk again.

Denver's homeless population prepared for the coldest temperatures in months under tarps and bundled in whatever they can to keep warm.

"I don't sleep outside. I sleep in on a mat," said Tammy Oaks as she waited outside Samaritan House.

The Samaritan House is a women's only shelter, but just outside, there were many men who are taking shelter in their own way.

"This is what they call their home. They have tents, they have blankets," Oaks said.

The Salvation Army has room for 600 men in its shelter. The group also has staff members who patrol the streets when temperatures reach below zero degrees.

"It's very critical. Because if the temperatures go down, and people are already vulnerable from lack of food and heating and having shelter," said Major George Hood, director of development for the Salvation Army.

"It's very urgent that all of us, the various shelters that are open. Bring them in as quickly as we can to get them off of the street and out of this cold weather."

Hood said those concerned about the welfare of people braving cold temperatures can call the shelter for help. Staff are available to pick up the needy.

The Salvation Army recommends people contact 911 for help.