DENVER -- With shelters in Louisiana and neighboring states overflowing with people fleeing flooding from Hurricane Katrina, Colorado officials on Saturday said up to 1,000 refugees will be housed at dorms at the former Lowry Air Force base.
Once here, refugees will be given credentials for access to Lowry, most of which is being converted into a residential development, given a health screening and bused to the emergency housing.
"Our focus for these people is the next 48 hours," said Gov. Bill Owens. "This (housing) could be weeks, even months for some of these people."
Five hundred dorm rooms on the base have been set aside for evacuees
and will house two people per unit. The rooms, equipped with bathrooms, bedrooms and kitchens, are managed by the Colorado Community College System and are normally used to house students and Americorps workers.
Owens said that officials haven't finalized any long term plans for the evacuees after the 48 hours, but he said they will receive assistance for job and school placement while they are here. He said help will also be offered for those traveling to other parts of the country from Colorado.
I called 211 and spoke to a woman from the United Way. They need bedding, clothes, shoes, kid stuff...anything really. I'm heading down to the downtown Lawrence St. dropoff in the morning, which is open 24 hours, and donations are being taken at Volunteers of America at 2660 Larimer Street, also open 24 hours. Things delivered there will be taken out to Lowry and handed out. They are specifically asking people not not go to Lowry.