Denver Adds Homeless Shelter Beds Before Winter Storm

Ahead of a winter storm expected to move into metro Denver on Tuesday, the city and Denver Rescue Mission have added more shelter beds for the homeless.

The city says about 1,500 people stay in shelters on a given night. Hundreds more sleep outside, under bridges and other out-of-the way places. More people are expected to turn to shelters as the weather gets colder.

Most of Denver's homeless shelters have been near capacity in recent months. The city's overflow shelter, near Interstate 70 and Peoria just blocks from Aurora, will add another 120 beds for single men. A bus will transport people from downtown to the shelter.

If shelters do fill up completely, the city says it will use neighborhood recreation centers for emergency beds shelter.