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More than 400 calls for service this year at Denver shelter [Video]

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DENVER (KDVR) — A former hotel converted into a homeless shelter in Denver has seen hundreds of calls for police service this year.

Formerly known as the DoubleTree Hotel, the building at 4040 Quebec St. in Denver is now known as the New Directions shelter and is leased by the city as part of Mayor Mike Johnston’s House1000 initiative.

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According to the Denver Police Department, officers have responded to a total of 414 calls for service since Jan. 1, including drugs, assault, domestic violence and more. Now a homicide investigation is underway after police said they found two people dead inside the shelter over the weekend.

Ana-Lilith Miller of Housekeys Action Network Denver, a group that advocates for the unhoused, said this could have been prevented.

“People feel unsafe there,” Miller said. “There’s nothing to do around there. They’re out in the middle of nowhere with no form of transportation, and so without these things, you’re bound to have things …

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