Boulder Shelter for the Homeless (Boulder, CO)


  • Name:Travis Railey
  • Title:Development & Marketing Director

Organization Address

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

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:3034684312

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  • Mission:
  • The Boulder Shelter for the Homeless is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to provide safe shelter, food, support services, and an avenue to self-sufficiency for homeless adults in Boulder and Broomfield Counties. This includes support of homeless individuals in transition to permanent housing and self-sufficiency. In order to accomplish this mission, we adhere to our core values:

    • Treat all with dignity
    • Offer support and opportunity
    • Achieve results through competence and creativity
    • Practice responsible stewardship

    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 now offers five programs to meet the needs of its clients:
    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. The goal of the program is to save lives. 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 outcome of this program is that clients avoid frostbite and death from exposure while living on the streets in winter.

    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 immediate outcomes of the program are that clients have shelter, food, and are safe. The intermediate outcome is that clients connect to community 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 650 people into independent housing. The intermediate outcomes of the program are that clients have stable shelter and self-sufficiency plans. The longer-term outcome is that clients move into independent housing.

    Since merging with Boulder County Advocates for Transitional Housing (BCATH) 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 short term outcome is that clients resolve immediate housing crises. The intermediate outcome is that clients develop a service plan to increase self-sufficiency. The longer-term outcome is that clients move into safe, permanent housing situations with sustainable life skills.

    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 support services.

  • 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 Boulder Shelter has continued to expand its programs and services in response to the emergent needs of the homeless population in our community.

  • Year established:1982
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:12
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:48


  • 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:2/18/2018 10:05:47 pm

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