Homelessness

Faith-based group proposes lockers as safe storage for homeless residents

Large, stand-alone metal lockers could give homeless residents in Durango a safe place to store their belongings, while officials and nonprofits work on long-term housing solutions. The Neighbors...

DATE: Sept. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Where can homeless residents sleep in Durango?

Homeless residents in Durango take refuge wherever they can – remote hillsides around the city, bathrooms or lobbies, neighborhood alleyways and pedestrian footpaths. It’s been more than six months...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Effort abandoned to set up winter homeless shelters

A Durango faith-based alliance has abandoned plans to set up temporary winter shelters for homeless residents, but it is not giving up on establishing a permanent homeless shelter. The Neighbors in...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man found dead Thursday in downtown Durango identified

A homeless man who was found dead Thursday in downtown Durango has been identified, and a cause of death determined. La Plata County Coroner Jann Smith identified the man as Richard Marchetti, 61....

DATE: Aug. 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homeless man found dead in downtown Durango

The Durango Police Department responded to a report of a homeless man found dead Thursday morning behind a building adjacent to The Durango Herald offices in the 1200 block of Main Avenue. Cmdr....

DATE: Aug. 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bridge shelter and transitional housing to open this fall

A new homeless shelter and transitional housing apartments on East Empire Street are expected to open in the fall and provide a new opportunity for residents to stabilize their lives. The $2.7...

DATE: July 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Is Durango denying civil rights to homeless?

The city of Durango outlawed camping on all city property earlier this year – a practice ruled unconstitutional by a federal appeals court when people have nowhere else to go. In a legal...

DATE: July 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homelessness divides Durango City Council

Two recently elected city councilors pushed their colleagues to answer a question some members of the community, city government and civil rights groups have been asking for years: What role does...

DATE: July 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County officials pitch new location for possible homeless camp

La Plata County officials have identified a place for the homeless to legally sleep. The only problem: It happens to be on city property, and Durango city officials have so far been reluctant to...

DATE: July 16, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Soup kitchen takes big step to offer more fresh produce

A greenhouse under construction near Manna, Durango’s soup kitchen, will increase the fresh ingredients available for meals served to Durango’s poorest residents. The garden supplied Swiss chard,...

DATE: July 9, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Faith-based alliance seeks temporary shelters for homeless

A Durango faith-based alliance is working to set up temporary day and night shelters to offer homeless residents a refuge next winter. The Neighbors in Need Alliance plans to set up the shelters by...

DATE: July 7, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Draft goals released for how to address homelessness in Durango

Draft goals for tackling homelessness in La Plata County call for more housing, greater understanding of the issue and more services with a higher quality to assist homeless residents. Durango City...

DATE: July 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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