Boulder Shelter for the Homeless (Boulder, CO)


  • Name:Kelli Murphy
  • Title:Grants Manager

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Boulder Shelter for the Homeless
  • Address:4869 N. Broadway
    Boulder, CO 80304
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:(303) 442-4646
  • Main fax:(720) 565-3624

Organization Web

User Phone

  • Direct phone:(303) 468-4313

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  • Mission:
  • The Boulder Shelter for the Homeless has a mission to provide safe shelter, food, support services, and an avenue to self-sufficiency for homeless women and men in Boulder and Broomfield counties of Colorado.

    The Shelter has five primary goals: 1) Save lives; 2) Provide emergency housing during the winter months of October through April for up to 160 homeless individuals per night; 3) Serve individuals year-round in transition to permanent housing via case management and contract arrangements; 4) Enhance the ability of homeless individuals and families in Boulder County to achieve self-sufficiency through the provision of transitional housing and supportive services; 5) Placement of chronically homeless individuals into permanent housing, complemented by appropriate intensive support services.

    The Shelter's five key programs correspond to these goals:

    At the most essential level, the Boulder County Cares (BCC) program equips those living on the streets in winter with basic life-sustaining supplies, transportation, and referrals to appropriate services and agencies. Over 3,000 contacts are made with homeless men and women each year by BCC volunteers, who patrol the streets nightly between October and April. The outcomes of the program are that clients have access to life-sustaining supplies, are transported to appropriate facilities, and are referred to other agencies.

    An alternative to sleeping on the streets, the Winter Sheltering program furnishes hot meals and a warm, safe place to spend the night for those who have no other options. The Shelter provides emergency housing during the winter months of October through April for up to 160 homeless individuals per night. This program offers homeless women and men two hot meals, a safe bed, access to showers and laundry, short term storage, phone and mail service, and basic case management. Approximately 1,000 unduplicated adults are served each year by the Winter Sheltering program. The outcomes of the program are that clients have safe overnight shelter, are fed, and receive support services.

    The Transition Program provides stable housing with consistent case management to help clients move towards self-sufficiency. The Transition Program is offered year-round and serves about 30 residents at any given time with 100 new clients entering the program each year, on average. Residents must remain sober and have a steady source of income. They may participate in the program for up to nine months. This innovative dormitory-style residential program was implemented in 1996 and has graduated more than 680 people into independent housing. The outcomes of the program are that clients enter the program, increase stability, leave the program with safe sustainable housing, and that those who graduate to offs-site Transitional Housing move into safe sustainable housing in less than 2 years.

    Since merging with Boulder County Advocates for Transitional Housing in early November 2009, the Shelter now also provides off-site Transitional Housing to individuals and families for up to two years. The Transitional Housing program serves approximately 30 clients on average each year. The outcomes of the program are that clients secure safe, clean and affordable transitional housing; clients become more stable during the program; and clients secure sustainable housing upon exiting the program.

    Additionally, the Shelter administers the case management portion of the Boulder County Housing First program—a regional initiative emphasizing placement of the most chronically homeless individuals into permanent housing, complemented by appropriate intensive support services. Twenty-five Boulder County individuals have been placed in housing through the coordination and support of several local agencies with encouraging success. The outcomes of the program are that clients move into housing, increase skills and income, garner greater self determination, stay housed, and maintain progress made.

  • History:
  • During the winter of 1982, in response to the death of a local homeless veteran who died of exposure in downtown Boulder, a group of concerned citizens established the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless. Since then, the Shelter has continued to expand its programs and services in response to the emergent needs of the homeless population in our community. The Shelter is the only consistent option for safe overnight shelter for homeless adults between Fort Collins, CO and Denver, CO. Further distinguishing our resources, the Shelter is one of the few non-sectarian shelters in Colorado, with no faith-based requirements for admission. We accomplish our goals by adhering to our core values to treat all with dignity, to offer support and opportunity, to achieve results through competence and creativity, and to practice responsible stewardship.

    In 2003, the Boulder Shelter for the Homeless opened its current facility that has greatly enhanced the organization’s ability to carry out its mission. Beyond providing food and temporary housing, the Shelter is a hub for homeless services in Boulder County, linking clients to on-site medical, dental, and mental health practitioners, as well as connecting clients to public transportation. Staff and volunteers at the Boulder Shelter play a crucial role in linking clients to many off-site services in the area through the Shelter's formal and informal relationships with other organizations. Currently, the Shelter is the only agency in Boulder County offering homeless services along the entire continuum of care, all the way from street outreach to permanent supportive housing, with some programs transitioning clients all the way to market–rate housing.

    During the Shelter’s fiscal year 2010 (October 1, 2009 through September 30, 2010) we provided 36,987 bed nights and 83,519 meals to 990 unduplicated homeless men and women in need. 2,997 case management contacts were made, and the mental health worker met with 101 different people to discuss their mental health situation. 39 residents graduated directly from the Transition Program into independent housing, while another 14 residents graduated into longer-term, off-site Transitional Housing or the Inn Between. Eight Transitional Housing clients and their families graduated to market rate housing. BCC volunteers made 4,642 contacts with homeless individuals living on the streets and distributed 6,764 blankets and articles of clothing; they gave 477 rides to the safety of warming centers, emergency rooms, the addiction recovery center, etc. More than 1450 volunteers donated over 10,330 hours of their time to the Shelter in FY10.

    We anticipate that demand will continue to increase during the funding period. But to maintain even the current level of services, adequate funding must be maintained. Currently, this issue is the highest priority at the Shelter. To offset declining revenue during the past two years, the Board and Shelter staff worked to identify budget cuts that had the least impact on our clients, including voluntary staff furloughs, opening one hour later each evening, and forgoing non-essential supplies. These budget cuts approached $100,000 annually. Still, Shelter operating expenses exceeded revenues in fiscal years 2009 and 2010. The decline in revenue was attributed mainly to the economic recession and the corresponding decrease in individual and foundation gifts. These shortfalls were anticipated by the Board and covered by operating reserves that were set aside in previous years for this purpose. These deficits were due to the Shelter's decision to maintain service levels to clients even though cash donations were down.

    We continue to budget conservatively and greatly hope to avoid making any further programmatic cuts, but the Shelter's reserves are now at our policy level. We no longer have excess reserves. The Shelter will continue intense efforts to expand the number of funders as well as to diligently manage costs in a manner congruous with the best interests of our clients.

  • Year established:1982
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:13
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:41


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:Operating
  • Tax ID:84-1041149

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:841041149
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:4869 BROADWAY ST
  • Organization City:BOULDER
  • Organization State:CO
  • Organization Zip:80304-0523
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:April, 1988
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):380
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Lowincome housing
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:September, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:September
  • NTEE Code:L41Z
  • Asset Amount:$6,178,368
  • Asset Code:7 ($5,000,000 - $9,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$2,274,077
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$2,228,280
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 8:33:44 am

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