Homelessness

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

Business group calls panhandlers ‘characters’

The Durango Business Improvement District has seen an uptick in the number of “characters” drifting into downtown and is calling on merchants to make it difficult for them to “do their business”...

DATE: Sept. 26, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Give Us Dirty Work offers the homeless employment

The Give Us Dirty Work project is offering homeless residents hope through employment. “They are human beings, they need to be part of our society. ... This is why we are trying so hard to offer...

DATE: Sept. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Man stabs attacker in chest at homeless camp west of Durango

A Durango man was in “fair” condition Thursday at Mercy Regional Medical Center after being stabbed once in the chest. The incident occurred about 5:20 p.m. Wednesday at a homeless camp behind the...

DATE: Sept. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Permanent homeless camp idea in Durango faces management hurdle

Finding an organization to oversee a permanent homeless camp in Durango has proved challenging, city staff told the Durango City Council Tuesday. Thus far, nonprofits focused on serving homeless...

DATE: Aug. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘We are all homeless’ exhibit in Durango aims to humanize issue

Handwritten pleas for help, written by homeless people, were installed at the Durango Transit Center Monday to help further the conversation about the issue in Durango. Willie Baronet, artist and...

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

City and sheriff’s office working on homeless camp survey

City staff and the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office plan to survey homeless residents about permanent housing options and their other needs. “In order for there to be success, the homeless...

DATE: July 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Residents advocate for homeless campground

In the year that Sonia Horsting has lived on Ella Vita Court, she’s seen many people make their way up the hill to camp north of the Tech Center. Some people living in the forest walked by quietly...

DATE: July 8, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Possible sites for homeless discussed by council

The Durango City Council discussed where to build a permanent legal campground for homeless residents on Tuesday and found challenges with all of the sites. The site could be governed by a...

DATE: June 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

N.M. group unveils homelessness project

SANTA FE – A local architect and a pair of organizations that serve Santa Fe’s homeless population have been working for nearly two years to develop a long-term solution to homelessness that...

DATE: June 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Regional News