Homelessness

Homeless find overnight refuge in Durango Post Office

Sean Schtakleff has become Durango’s impromptu innkeeper for people who don’t have a shelter, but it’s not a title he wants. He already has a job – postmaster for the U.S. Postal Service. Almost...

DATE: May 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

From living on streets to renowned tuba player: Richard White shares stories of childhood homelessness

Richard A. White, a classical tuba player, spent some of his earliest years living on the street in Baltimore, he told a crowd gathered Friday at the Boys & Girls Club of La Plata County. As a...

DATE: April 26, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

City, county to spend $70,000 on strategic plan to address homelessness

After years of public controversy about how to deal with homelessness in town, the city of Durango and La Plata County have hired a consulting firm to help officials and community members tackle...

DATE: April 14, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mercy aims to lower costs by assisting frequent ER patients

Gordon Nunziato visited the emergency room 10 times in four months last year. He was homeless, abusing alcohol and facing serious kidney and liver conditions, among other health problems. He used...

DATE: April 10, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Faith-based groups organize to tackle homelessness in Durango

A fledgling effort to shelter homeless residents in Durango has attracted strong interest from area churches. A group of volunteers from St. Mark’s Episcopal Church is organizing the effort to...

DATE: April 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Nonprofit that helps homeless celebrates anniversary

A local nonprofit incorporated a year ago to help people survive and exit homelessness has set a lofty goal: Raise $6 million to build 60 affordable, low-barrier, low-income and supportive housing...

DATE: March 30, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango to help church with solutions to homelessness

The city of Durango is engaging with a local faith-based organization to inform the community of the efforts in La Plata County to get housing for people who don’t have it, city officials said....

DATE: March 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Number of homeless students nearly doubles in Durango schools

The number of homeless students in Durango School District 9-R has increased by 63 percent in recent years. During the 2016-17 school year, 68 homeless students were identified in the district, and...

DATE: March 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council approves new sign code, camping rules

Durango City Council approved two new rules Tuesday, one that brings the city into compliance with the U.S. Constitution and another that civil rights lawyers say would violate it. City councilors...

DATE: March 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homeless man dies in Durango park

A known figure in the homeless community was found dead last week in Iris Park, near the 1100 block of Camino del Rio in central Durango. Alfred James, 57, was found in the park’s gazebo about 9...

DATE: Feb. 28, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Storm buries homeless camps west of Durango

As snow inundated Durango last week, homeless camper Scott Saxon stayed awake one night clearing snow to keep his tent from becoming buried. “I almost gave up,” he said. But Stitch, his Boston...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Will ‘right to rest’ laws gain traction in larger cities?

DENVER – This spring, the city of Denver will weigh a ballot measure that offers expansive protections for its homeless population, an initiative that could open the door to statewide laws that...

DATE: Feb. 27, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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