Homelessness

Durango City Council may prohibit sitting or lying down on sidewalks

A potential city ordinance could prohibit everyone from sitting or lying down on city sidewalks, but advocates worry it targets the poor. The law could improve safety downtown, especially for...

DATE: April 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Former uranium mill tailings may pose health risks at homeless camp

Durango City Councilors voted to require homeless residents to sleep next to the Durango Dog Park this week, however unanswered questions about the health risks of camping overnight on a former...

DATE: April 6, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango City Council approves camp for homeless near Dog Park

Durango City Council approved an emergency ordinance to direct staff members to set up a place for homeless people to stay directly west of the Durango Dog Park late Tuesday. “It is not done...

DATE: April 3, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

City of Durango may bar sitting, lying on downtown sidewalks

In their ongoing effort to find ways to reduce panhandling downtown, Durango city councilors are turning to Tempe, Arizona, where it is illegal to sit or lie on city sidewalks. “We certainly are...

DATE: March 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Manna hires new executive director

Ann Morse has big shoes to fill when she takes over as executive director of Manna this spring. She will replace Kathy Tonnessen, who has held the position since 2013 and expanded Manna’s programs...

DATE: March 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

New Mexico homeless man living in underground burrow

CLOVIS, N.M. – From above, a hole in the ground near a New Mexico park may not look out of the ordinary, but down below is a man-made tunnel that a Clovis resident calls home. Homelessness drove...

DATE: March 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Homeless residents question Durango’s plan for new camp

Homeless campers living west of downtown Durango are concerned the city’s plan to move their camp and require campers to pack up their belongings every morning is not practical and will disperse...

DATE: March 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

La Plata County Sheriff’s Office rejects managing new homeless site

The La Plata County Sheriff’s Office said it will not manage a proposed campsite adjacent to the Durango Dog Park where Durango City Council plans to allow homeless residents to sleep. City...

DATE: March 20, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homeless residents may be allowed to sleep near Dog Park

Durango City Council informally agreed to allow homeless residents to sleep on a site adjacent to the Durango Dog Park and parallel to U.S. Highway 160. Councilors did not take official action...

DATE: March 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Lawmakers to decide if homeless have ‘right to rest’

DENVER – The Colorado House Local Government Committee on Wednesday is set to decide the fate of the “Right to Rest Act.” House Bill 1067 would roll back local laws that make it illegal to sit or...

DATE: March 14, 2018 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Homeless camp west of Durango may stay in place this summer

Homeless residents living west of Durango city limits may be allowed to stay awhile because Durango city councilors and La Plata County commissioners have not identified an alternative location for...

DATE: March 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Nonprofits helps pets living on street get help nationwide

FORT COLLINS (AP) – It’s 11 a.m. on a frigid Colorado morning. Several inches of snow fell overnight and the slushy sidewalks at the Sister Mary Alice Murphy Center for Hope are getting a healthy...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News