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VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES

While staying home is critical to winning the war against COVID-19, the public health order presents additional dangers and challenges for some communities including victims of domestic violence, victims of child abuse, and those experiencing homelessness.
Victims of Domestic Violence
  • If you are in danger, call 911. 

  • If it's not safe for you to remain home and you can't find another safe place to stay, please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 799-7233. If you can't speak safely, visit thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 22522. 

  • If you or someone you know is in an unsafe living arrangement, call Safe Shelter at (303) 772-0432. 

  • Resources and state and national guidance to help domestic violence coalitions, service providers and advocates support survivors and operate effectively (from he National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV): click here.

  • Tip sheet that outlines key steps in advocating for survivors' continued access to mental health and substance use services and medication, from the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health: click here.

  • Violence Free Colorado resources: click here.

Individuals Experiencing Homelessness

​​Despite the statewide stay-at-home order, many people don't have a home to stay at. All across the country, states are looking for ways to protect nearly half a million people experiencing homelessness.  Denver alone has a population of 4,000-5,000 of people who are experiencing homelessness right now.

  • The Men's Auxiliary Shelter at the National Western Complex provides more space for guests to distance themselves from one another to follow public health recommendations: click here

    • Services include three meals daily, medical screening, primary mental and behavioral health care, restrooms and showers, wireless internet, cell phone charging, laundry services, limited storage, limited pet kennels, and public transportation access​.

  • Emergency Shelter for Individuals

    • Delores Project (single women; transgender individuals 18+): click here

      • Call for address: (303) 534-5411

    • Urban Peak Overnight Shelter (youth ages 15-20)

      • (303) 974-2908 or click here for more information

    • Samaritan House Women’s shelter (single women)

      • 2301 Lawrence St

      • (303) 294-0241

    • Denver Rescue Mission Lawrence Street Shelter (single men)

      • 1130 Park Ave. West

      • (303) 294-0157

    • Salvation Army Crossroads (Single men)

      • 1901 29th St.

      • (720) 305-4640

  • City of Denver resources:​

    • Other shelter options for families and overnight shelter programs (no walk-ups): click here

    • 2-1-1. Anyone needing access to shelter or anyone who encounters someone who needs shelter access between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday can call 2-1-1 to be connected to available resources, including transportation assistance for those who are homeless and have disabilities. If it is an emergency, always call 9-1-1.

    • For after-hours and weekend support for mental and behavioral health crises, contact the Colorado Crisis Line at 844-493-8255 or text “Talk” to 38255. 

  • How you can help support individuals experiencing homelessness (from the Coalition for the Homeless: click here​

Asian-Americans and Other Individuals at Higher Risk of Hate Crimes

We have seen an increase in the number of hate crimes against people of Asian decent across the globe and even here, locally in Denver.

 

  • If you witness a hate crime, please report it to local law enforcement immediately.

  • For additional info on hate crimes and how to help victims: click here.

  • LISTEN: Fear, Avoidance, Being Told To Go Back To Their Country: What It's Like To Be Asian In Colorado In The Time Of Coronavirus: click here.

  • Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resources to Stand Against Racism, by Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC: click here

  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice is tracking hate against the Asian community. Read the stories they have collected and report your own here.

Victims of Child Abuse

Reports of child abuse have dropped drastically since the stay-at-home order was implemented. Service providers worry that abuse and neglect is still happening but going unreported due to school closures.

 

  • The Office of Children, Youth and Families urges everyone to keep an eye on children and teens in your neighborhood and report neglect or abuse to this hotline: 1-844-CO-4-KIDS (1-844-264-5437)

African-Americans
  • The Center for African-American Health: click here.

Be an Ally

Fighting hate takes a village. Here are some tips on how to support our neighbors facing harassment.  

Responding to Harassment

  • How to Respond to Street Harassment, by Hollaback!: click here.

  • Responding to Online Harassment, Do’s and Don’ts by Hollaback!: click here. 

Last updated on Tuesday, May 12th

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Denver, CO 80203

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