Homelessness

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

City Council gives first approval to new camping rules

Durango city councilors approved a draft ordinance Tuesday that would allow overnight sheltering on city property only with approval by the city manager or other designated official. The proposed...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

A government-led plan that could identify long-term solutions for homeless residents in Durango may get started this year after a lengthy delay because of the 416 Fire. Durango city councilors and...

DATE: Feb. 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango homeless coalition mum on progress

Camping on public lands has been at the center of a heated debate for several years in Durango as residents and public officials grapple with insufficient shelter for people who are homeless. To...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Campaign to dissuade handouts to homeless may expand in downtown Durango

An effort to funnel downtown shoppers’ donations away from panhandlers and toward human service agencies through the Make It Count campaign in downtown Durango may be expanding. Members of the...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Nonprofit expands plans for homeless village, campground

After learning that 110 students lacked permanent housing last school year in Durango, a group of advocates proposing a village to house homeless and impoverished residents is starting to think...

DATE: Feb. 13, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango to move forward with homeless camping rules criticized by civil rights groups

The Durango City Council directed staff Tuesday night to draft camping and sheltering rules the American Civil Liberties Union and National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty said would put the...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

How many homeless in Durango? Survey attempts to find out

Homeless Durango resident Thomas Murray has been camping without a tent in cold temperatures dipping below zero. “My hands and feet get the coldest,” he said. He was living in a Chrysler...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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