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Homelessness

Manna soup kitchen closes dining room, will serve box meals

Manna soup kitchen has closed its dining room and instead will issue sack lunches and to-go hot meals from 9 to 11 a.m. at the back entrance to the kitchen, located at 1100 Avenida del Sol. Manna ...

DATE: March 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango police need help solving 2018 murder

Local law enforcement still does not know who may have killed Dylan Douglas, a Durango man living homeless and believed murdered almost two years ago – and now a local nonprofit is raising money...

DATE: March 3, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lockers offer secure storage for homeless residents in Durango

Lockers installed at the Durango Transit Center this week represent a change in attitude toward people living homeless, people involved in the project said, but Friday’s ribbon-cutting was just the...

DATE: Feb. 28, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lockers for homeless built and ready to ship to Durango

Six lockers more than 7 feet tall are scheduled for installation next week at the Durango Transit Center, a pilot project funded, in part, by the city to give people living homeless a secure place...

DATE: Feb. 20, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango adopts homeless strategic plan, which calls for center directing people to services

A shift in attitude toward homelessness became tangible, at least in part, on Tuesday when Durango City Council adopted a plan with concrete goals and spending priorities to help people living...

DATE: Feb. 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County commissioners urge action on new homeless camp

La Plata County commissioners questioned why a new organized camp was not a top priority in a public review Wednesday of a proposed strategic plan to address homelessness. The commissioners...

DATE: Jan. 21, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Should ending homelessness be a local and federal effort?

Banks need to invest in their local communities to effectively increase affordable housing, Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, said this week at a U.S. House of Representatives committee hearing. The...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

A passion for helping Durango’s homeless

Many seasonal workers in Southwest Colorado ditch their summer gigs when winter comes – but not Richard Dilworth. Dilworth has been employed as a homeless outreach coordinator with the Durango...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Donated tents at Purple Cliffs offer warmth to campers

Mikayla Jernigan is still working to insulate her tent. Jernigan lives outside on a hillside near La Posta Road, and she’s had trouble adjusting to the December cold. People have lived at the...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Negotiations to provide transit to Purple Cliffs stalled through the holidays

Unusual work schedules during the upcoming holidays may stall plans to provide transportation to people living homeless at Purple Cliffs south of downtown Durango. Southwest Center for Independence...

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

City, county consider transportation needs for Purple Cliffs campers

Transportation is one of the top concerns for people living homeless in the Purple Cliffs area south of downtown Durango. But they may soon have an easier time getting around thanks to an agreement...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

N.M. providing housing for homeless youths

FARMINGTON – San Juan County received a federal grant to provide housing for youths transitioning out of juvenile and protective services and who have a history of homelessness. The $287,000 grant...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2019 | CATEGORY: New Mexico

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