Migrants continue to arrive in Denver, with 76 arriving overnight Friday, after the city declared a state of emergency while sheltering and supporting migrants.
The number of migrants currently in city emergency shelters is 380, Denver officials said on Saturday in a news release. Migrants housed in partner emergency shelters number 172, and since Dec. 9 the city has served about 872 migrants.
The city said Denver’s current emergency shelter capacity is at 66% — 552 migrants sheltered with a total capacity for 840, according to the release.
Medical and non-medical volunteers are needed to help staff the shelters, city officials said. Volunteers must pass a background check to be eligible. For more information or to apply, go to https://bit.ly/R0052082.
On Thursday, Mayor Michael Hancock issued an emergency declaration for the city and county of Denver in response to the recent surge of migrants who have been arriving in buses and by other means.
Migrants and asylum seekers are coming either on their own or at the encouragement of nonprofit organizations at the border, Hancock said Thursday at a news conference. Many have made their way to Denver via El Paso, Texas.