Extreme Weather Shelters

LAKEWOOD'S EXTREME WEATHER SHELTER STATUS: CLOSED

Lakewood's Extreme Weather Shelter 
To help supplement the Severe Weather Shelter Network when weather conditions pose a significant threat to the health and safety of vulnerable residents, the City of Lakewood opened its first Extreme Weather Shelter in 2023. The shelter will now activate when temperatures are forecast to reach 20 degrees or below. No registration is required and the shelter is pet-friendly.     

Please continue to check back for Lakewood's Extreme Weather Shelter activation status as this website will be updated within 24 hours of activation. 

In addition to operating Lakewood's Extreme Weather Shelter, the city works with its regional partners to provide additional shelter options and hotel/motel vouchers when other sheltering options are at capacity or not available.   

For information about additional resources, please visit Heading Home Jeffco or call 211. 

Lakewood's Extreme Weather Shelter Operation Details

Lakewood's Extreme Weather Shelter will activate when temperatures are forecast to reach 20 degrees or below. When activated, our unhoused neighbors can seek services at 8000 W Colfax between the hours on 7 p.m. - 7 a.m. Individuals or couples without children can access the shelter at any time during the hours of operations. Families with children can contact 2-1-1 or explore the community resources at the bottom of this page. The shelter does not require a reservation and allows pets.   

Please continue to check back for Lakewood's Extreme Weather Shelter activation status as this website will be updated within 24 hours of activation.


Severe Weather Shelter Network
The Severe Weather Shelter Network mobilizes community resources to provide emergency overnight shelter on life-threatening winter nights for the single individuals living on the streets in West Arapahoe and Jefferson counties. Volunteers welcome guests by name and provide a hot meal and a bed roll on severe weather nights from October through April each year. 

Severe Weather Shelter Network Operation Details

Call 720-398-4041 on severe weather days to reserve a spot for the shelter or visit Get Help | Severe Weather Shelter Network (swshelternetwork.com) to learn more. Please note, the Severe Weather Shelter is not operated by the City of Lakewood.

Resources for the Unhoused Community

Homelessness is a growing humanitarian crisis affecting nearly every city in the U.S. The City of Lakewood is dedicated to extending a compassionate hand to our unhoused neighbors, helping connect them to critical resources to find refuge, hope and healing as they navigate challenging times and work to get back on their feet.

Below is a list of resources to support those experiencing homelessness within our community. 

Services and Resources for Unhoused

Food Assistance

Women and Children Services


City of Lakewood Homeless Navigators

The Lakewood Police Department believes in community-oriented policing, which includes helping our unhoused neighbors. In 2020, the City of Lakewood welcomed two dedicated Homeless Navigators to our Community Action Team to help the most vulnerable in our community. 

These compassionate individuals were specifically chosen for their extensive collective experience, spanning over 20 years of direct engagement with people experiencing homelessness. The Homeless Navigators are able to connect individuals experiencing homelessness with key resources, including bus and motel vouchers. 

Contact the Community Action Team at 303-987-7423 to speak with a homeless navigator or request assistance.