Homelessness

At new homeless camp, basic services are a trek

Debra Doane carries a 2-gallon plastic jug from her campsite on a hillside south of downtown Durango. It is mid-morning, about 50 degrees outside and the sun warms her back as she passes “DANGER”...

DATE: Nov. 9, 2019 | UPDATED: 1 day 18 hours ago | CATEGORY: Local News

Strategic plan on homelessness focuses on practical solutions

As Arctic air moved into Durango on Tuesday night bringing below-freezing temperatures, residents discussed practical options for helping homeless residents endure the cold. Mayor Melissa Youssef...

DATE: Oct. 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homeless don’t just live on the streets, sometimes, they die there

Every year, people living homeless in Durango die on the streets, in city parks or within the camps they call home. Their deaths, more than any population in town, are visible because most of their...

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

And the $70,000 study says ... homeless camping and resources would help

Creating an outdoor camp and a centralized location for homeless residents to access services are among the ideas consultants will present next week in Durango. The ideas could become part of a...

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

50 volunteers spend Sunday cleaning homeless camps

Work gloves on, rakes, shovels and hoes at the ready, about 50 civic-minded residents dedicated their Sunday afternoon to cleaning up scores of recently active homeless camps in Overend Mountain...

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

Funding granted to build 40-unit complex for disabled homeless residents

Disabled homeless residents in Durango could be moving out of their tents and into a new 40-unit apartment complex within two years. Housing Solutions for the Southwest announced Tuesday the...

DATE: Oct. 8, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Cleanup planned for homeless camp west of downtown Durango

Local organizers want help from volunteers Oct. 13 to pick up trash left by homeless campers west of downtown Durango. Organizers say they need help from at least 20 people from 1 to 5 p.m. Anyone...

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

Homeless woman’s viral subway opera performance may get her off the streets

Her piercing soprano ricocheted off the subway’s concrete walls, drowning out the robot announcing the next train’s arrival. The vocalist stood by herself near the end of the platform, holding a...

DATE: Oct. 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Music

Longstanding homeless camp shut down, but trash abounds

By late afternoon Wednesday, the homeless camp just west of Durango had mostly been vacated, save for a few stragglers picking up their belongings. But across the landscape, heaps and heaps of...

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

Durango leaders express support for new homeless camp

Durango City Council agreed Tuesday to offer resources for a temporary homeless camp established last week by La Plata County government south of downtown Durango. La Plata County commissioners...

DATE: Sept. 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homeless campers to relocate south of downtown Durango

The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office will move homeless campers next week from an area west of downtown Durango to an area south of downtown Durango to address residents’ concerns about trash and...

DATE: Sept. 20, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

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