Homelessness

Low-income victims of crime eligible for housing assistance

Victims of crime who are homeless or struggling to pay for housing in Southwest Colorado may be eligible for short-term funding thanks to a new program started by local nonprofits. In August,...

DATE: Dec. 31, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

What effect does legal pot have on Colorado’s homeless?

What effect did Colorado’s legalization of recreational marijuana in 2012 have on homelessness here? It’s a question that’s been asked, in one form or another, by longtime Coloradans, new...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Animas High students bring fresh eyes to homelessness issue in Durango

The final grade will be assigned by Ashley Carruth, who teaches humanities to a group of Animas High School juniors that chose to study issues surrounding homelessness. But if Brandon Hayes, who...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bayfield woman lends helping hand to those in need in Durango

As the days grow shorter and the nights longer and colder, Durango’s homeless population struggles to stay warm. A report conducted by the National Alliance to End Homelessness found more than...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Coins add up for Make it Count campaign – and Manna

When it comes to encouraging people to give to charity and not panhandlers, Business Improvement District Executive Director Tim Walsworth estimates the message has reached thousands of people...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Now hiring: Advocate to tackle homelessness

Durango City Council and La Plata County commissioners agreed Thursday to fund a coordinator position to address homelessness. The city, county and nonprofits could each contribute about $33,000 –...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Latest homeless count likely underestimates numbers in Durango and Colorado

An affordable housing shortage is driving a rise in homelessness in Colorado. Across the state, 10,940 people were homeless on one night in January, a 3.7 percent increase compared with 2016,...

DATE: Dec. 7, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Students to host dinner, exhibition around homelessness

Animas High School juniors plan to bring homeless residents and the larger community together over dinner to help bridge a rift in town. “Our goal that we created as a class for this project is to...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homeless residents create council to govern themselves

Homeless campers living west of Durango have created a governing council and adopted 19 rules for themselves to give order and security to an otherwise disorderly community. Some of the...

DATE: Nov. 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Volunteers of America shelter guests share recovery stories

Skip Ferguson, a Vietnam veteran, came to the Durango Community Shelter in 2012 after 17 years of “chasing around his emotions.” After staying at the Volunteers of America shelter for several...

DATE: Nov. 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Herbalist provides free mobile clinic to the less fortunate

Clifton has lived in a tent west of Durango for about nine months. He suffers from chronic back pain, especially when hiking up and down mountains to access his campsite. He smokes cannabis to help...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango, La Plata County officials may reconvene homeless coalition

The Durango City Council and the La Plata County Commission may reconvene a coalition focused on homelessness. Problems associated with camping on public land, such as the risk of starting a...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News