Homelessness

Sweeps of homeless camps run counter to COVID health recommendations

DENVER – Melody Lewis lives like a nomad in the heart of downtown. Poking her head out of her green tent on a recent June day, the 57-year-old pointed a few blocks away to the place where city...

DATE: July 7, 2020 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Group proposes self-governed homeless camp in west Durango

The Neighbors in Need Alliance proposed a permanent camp location near Greenmount Cemetery and Manna soup kitchen in Durango to provide secure housing for people experiencing homelessness before...

DATE: June 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Community Compassion Outreach wraps up COVID homeless relocation program

The Durango nonprofit Community Compassion Outreach successfully relocated 21 unhoused residents in La Plata and Montezuma counties to secure housing using COVID relief grant funds – but the...

DATE: June 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Autopsy doesn’t find cause of death for man found dead along Animas River

An autopsy Tuesday failed to explain why a 33-year-old man was found dead last week along the banks of the Animas River, La Plata County Coroner Jann Smith said. “We didn’t find anything,” she...

DATE: June 16, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango homelessness advocates move closer to permanent camp

Durango’s Neighbors in Need Alliance moved one step closer to creating a permanent camp for the unhoused in the city thanks to a $90,000 grant from the Colorado Health Foundation. NINA, a coalition...

DATE: June 14, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

33-year-old man found dead along banks of Animas River

A 33-year-old man living homeless in Durango was found dead along the banks of the Animas River early Thursday, La Plata County Coroner Jann Smith said. Around midnight, a report came into...

DATE: June 11, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Unsheltered and expecting at the Durango homeless camp

Amie Dieter and Andrew Miller are expecting – twins, and new neighbors. The couple and others in a community of people experiencing homelessness live on a rocky hillside near the Animas River just...

DATE: June 11, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County Sheriff’s Office looks for illegal homeless camps

With summer arriving and a potential surge of people living homeless in Durango, the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office will begin more regular sweeps of illegal camps. “Now that we have warmer...

DATE: June 1, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Two Durango motels deny homeless guests

Community Compassion Outreach has started relocating members of La Plata County’s homeless population to motels using a recently awarded grant. Two Durango motels, however, have said they will not...

DATE: May 29, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

How does social distancing work for homeless campers south of Durango?

Even during a pandemic, people living at Purple Cliffs, the city-designated homeless camp south of downtown Durango, have to share space. Campers share an outdoor shower near clusters of tents and...

DATE: May 23, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Grant awarded to provide motel stays for Durango’s most vulnerable

Community Compassion Outreach has been awarded $10,000 to provide motel rooms and other forms of rental assistance to members of La Plata County’s homeless population. The grant made to CCO , which...

DATE: May 19, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

Solutions Public Benefit Corp. temporarily halts homeless work program

Joslin Roderick launched the Solutions Public Benefit Corp. in Durango, in part, to employ people experiencing homelessness. Five months later, the coronavirus shut down businesses across Colorado...

DATE: April 30, 2020 | CATEGORY: Local News

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