After Denver rejected the Beloved Community Village’s petition for private land, the city has now offered city-owned land as a new semi-permanent home.
After running into hurdles ahead of the November 2018 election, the psilocybin decriminalization effort submitted twice the amount of signatures needed to get on the May ballot.
One Colorado shelter even doubled their capacity after demand jumped in October.
As the names of those who perished on the streets were read aloud, those in attendance joined together to say, "We will remember."
Guests must use portable toilets parked in the dusty parking lot area, and the only food served comes in the form of donated box lunches.
Pastor Jerry Herships leads a group of volunteers every day in distributing lunches to people in need. On Christmas, that food line also includes hand warmers and warm clothes.
The shelter is set to operate until next spring. City officials are still working on a permanent solution.
While the cold pushed some homeless indoors, shelter use was not above average this weekend.
The city's only homeless camp closed last month, and the ACLU said it was cruel and unusual to criminalize camping when homeless people had nowhere else to go.
The program ran for about a year and was intended to give people experiencing homelessness a safe place to store clothing and other possessions.