Updated Jan. 26, 2023
Philanthropy Colorado and several of its members participated in a meeting in late December organized by The Denver Foundation to discuss the recent influx of migrants from the southern border and Colorado's philanthropic response.
We will post additional updates as they are received.
Over 1,400 migrants have arrived in the Denver area from Central and South America over the last several weeks. Efforts are under way to assist migrants traveling to other destinations, but many will remain in Denver and Colorado. Approximately 650 people are currently being housed in local emergency shelters.
January 2023 Update from the Colorado Office of New Americans:
The Colorado Migrant Welcome Guide is now available in both English and Spanish. The Guide assists asylum seekers and migrants who are interested in remaining in Colorado. The Office is asking for help getting the guide out to those who need it most.
Colorado Welcome Guide English and Spanish versions
Resources for Individuals seeking help:
- 211 help line
- Mile High United Way Immigrant & Refugee Services
- Colorado Hosting Asylum Network Information Sheet
- Denver Office of Emergency Management Migrant Resources Read daily updates from the City of Denver
How Colorado philanthropy can assist:
- Refer those seeking help to 211 for resources.
- Support nonprofits through Rose Community Foundation’s Newcomers Fund, which will distribute support to nonprofit partners working with these migrants in the Denver Metro area and statewide.
Read the Rose Community Foundation's Press Release
- Directly support key service providers, including American Friends Service Committee, Colorado Hosting Asylum Network, Iglesia Cuidad de Dios, Denver Community Church, Casa de Paz, Papagayo and SOS Venezuela.
- We are still collecting a list of nonprofits outside of the Denver area that are welcoming migrants in other parts of the state. Watch for additional updates.
- Support Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund for those who seek asylum in Denver.
- Advocate with the Dept. of Homeland Security & Colorado’s Congressional delegation to give status to migrants that would allow for employment and refugee support.
- Help with matchmaking between potential nonprofit hosts and immigrants needing housing & support. Refer interested organizations to Colorado Hosting Asylum Network
- Promote and provide staffing and volunteers for this effort, particularly bilingual individuals.
Additional questions? Reach out to Janet Lopez with The Denver Foundation or Sarah Kurz with Rose Community Foundation.
January 2023 Federal Funding Update: We will share information on specific needs & gaps as Colorado communities seek to access this funding.
$800 million Shelter and Services grant program
The FY 2023 Omnibus Appropriations bill provides a new $800 million Shelter and Services grant program to support states, localities and NGOs providing shelter and respite to recently arrived migrants. The funding includes up to $50 million for construction and expansion of shelter facilities. The funds will be administered by FEMA as grants or cooperative agreements.