Homelessness

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 | UPDATED: 2 days 5 hours ago | 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

Durango police identify man found dead in stairwell

Police on Tuesday released the identity of a man found dead in a stairwell last week on Main Avenue in downtown Durango. Ferlando James, 32, was found Friday morning in the stairwell of a business...

DATE: June 25, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man found dead in stairwell in downtown Durango

A 32-year-old man was found dead Friday in a stairwell outside a business in downtown Durango, according to Durango Police. Cmdr. Ray Shupe said a report came in about 8:30 a.m. that a man was dead...

DATE: June 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

What do panhandlers want?

What do panhandlers want? Cash, food, toiletries, a ride out of town? Justin Crosby held up a sign reading “anything helps” last week in front of Walmart. He said his message is generally true. He...

DATE: June 15, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Trashed open space straining city resources

The city of Durango is expending “significant resources” to clean up trash from open spaces around Durango, according to city officials. Park Ranger Richard Guggenheim, who said he was speaking on...

DATE: June 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

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

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