The entire Denver Metropolitan Area and other communities in Colorado have seen an increase in homelessness and panhandling, including Jefferson County. There are a variety of reasons homelessness has increased; a lack of affordable housing, few options for the treatment of substance abuse and mental health and homeless people leaving larger cities in an effort to avoid being victims of crimes perpetrated by others who are homeless.
Wheat Ridge is working with other cities in Jefferson County to develop a regional strategy to address the issue of homelessness. Currently, we are collaborating with Heading Home Jeffco, a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop a plan to address and end homelessness in Jefferson County. More information will be made available as the plan is formalized along with a timeline for implementation.
The following is a list of agencies and nonprofits in Jefferson County along with resources, food programs, shelter information including locations available during severe weather, as well as informaton about addiction and mental health services.
Severe Weather Shelter Information
Jefferson County – 303-271-1388
Food and Food Bank Information
Arvada Community Food Bank - 303-424-6685
Catholic Charities - 303-742-0828
Community Food Share - 303-652-3663
Food Bank of the Rockies - 303-371-9250
Food Stamps/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families - 303-271-1388
Jeffco School Free or Reduced Meals - 303-982-6748
Metro Caring - 303-239-7143
Mountain Resource Center - 303-838-7552
Salvation Army - 303-295-3366
The Action Center - 303-237-7704
The Gathering Place - 303-321-4198
Waterstone Food Pantry - 303-972-2200