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Homelessness

Police sweep homeless camps

Local law-enforcement personnel are sweeping public lands along the city outskirts this week, armed with eviction notices for campsites occupied by homeless or transient people.The notices have a...

DATE: June 6, 2012 | CATEGORY: Local News

Eye-opener

Sometimes you have to walk a mile in someone’s shoes to understand.That was the consensus as more than a dozen local social-service providers literally walked a mile in their clients’ shoes on...

DATE: July 7, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Bear nips man in town

A man who is homeless was nipped by a black bear Wednesday morning while sleeping on public lands east of the Manna Soup Kitchen in Durango.The man, who would identify himself only as Gary, said he...

DATE: June 29, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pulled from poverty

Some sad stories have happy endings. But six months ago, single father of four Butch Lawrence would never have guessed that his story would be one of them.“I was upset at the world and couldn’t get...

DATE: June 13, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

The new thinking on an age-old problem

As local residents and officials mobilize to meet struggling families' needs today, advocates say some big-picture and novel approaches also will be a necessary part of the battle against poverty....

DATE: Jan. 18, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Solutions hinge on involvement

Even before the recession began hammering family finances, researchers say, many of Colorado's working families were falling fast into poverty. The economic downturn continues to compound the...

DATE: Jan. 18, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Single mom overcomes poverty to earn degree

Nicole Pearson came to town six years ago ready to take on the world. Or at least a degree from Fort Lewis College.If only it had worked out so simply.She met someone. Then came two children....

DATE: Jan. 18, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

The Durango way: Work lots, still come up short

It's a predicament many Durangoans know well: multiple jobs but still not enough money to pay all the bills. Earnings too high for assistance but too low to really make it.It's hanging onto the...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

When leaving is the only choice

As a single mother with a 3-year-old boy, Diana Williams faces tough decisions every day.Like what to cut when the grocery bill is the only thing left.“I could maybe get by eating ramen noodles and...

DATE: Jan. 17, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Children squeezed, too, in poverty’s clutches

As more La Plata County parents slip from security to poverty, educators and social service providers say the hardship inevitably trickles down to their children.“The impact on these kids is almost...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Brother, can you spare a dime?

One-time help won't cut it this time.As the new reality in poverty's changing statistics takes hold, local families' financial hardships have gone from “crisis to chronic” through no fault of their...

DATE: Jan. 16, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News

Single father of four fights to keep roof over family's head

Butch Lawrence started over three times last year. He's lived in the woods more than once. There was a time when “home” was his car, parked at a local gas station. Lawrence has four children...

DATE: Jan. 15, 2011 | CATEGORY: Local News