DENVER (KDVR) — Denver’s migrant shelters are hosting more than 3,000 people each day as the city works to accommodate a rise in daily arrivals.
After a lull over the summer, daily occupancy at the city’s migrant shelters climbed above 1,000 people in early September and has risen to more than 3,000 daily since early October. As of Tuesday, some 3,091 migrants from Central and South America were in Denver shelters.
The numbers this month are higher than at any point since Denver started publicly tracking its migrant support last winter. At the last peak in December, daily shelter occupancy did not surpass 1,900 people, according to the city’s estimates.
Denver said it’s served nearly 24,700 migrants since December at a cost of more than $28 million. City officials have said the work puts a strain on resources and have pushed for more state and federal assistance.
Funding help so far has included:
- $3.5 million from the state of Colorado
- $909,000 from the federal government
- $8.6 million from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Help wanted for Denver migrant sheltering
Financial donations can be made to the Newcomers Fund.
Donations of essential items are needed, but appointments are encouraged. To schedule a donation drop-off appointment, call (303) 514-0643.