Cold Week in store for Denver’s homeless population

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DENVER, Colo. – With a week’s worth of below freezing temps in the forecast, the Salvation Army and other organizations are doing whatever they can get to get Denver’s homeless population off the streets and into someplace warm.

According to Captain Eric Wilkerson with the Salvation Army, Denver’s homeless population has jumped by 40% since last year.

At the Army’s Cross Roads location, about 550 people stay there each night. That said, hundreds more decide to bare the cold temps.

“This is a very dangerous decision because if for some reason you were to pass out in the cold you could get a rip roarin’ case of frost bite,” said Wilkerson.

Wilkerson said there are between 30 to 50 homeless families in Denver, living in vehicles. That too can be dangerous, explained Wilkerson, given the fact you have to keep the vehicle on all night to get heat.

“We are proactively looking at another building [for homeless families],” he said.

This week, the Salvation Army will open its shelter doors to anyone looking for warmth and a place to sleep.

The Crossroads location is at 1901 29th Street in Denver. You can reach them at 720-305-4641.

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