Homelessness

A helping hand for those who served

The help a veteran might need may be extensive, from affordable housing to better mental health care. At the Four Corner Veterans Stand Down held at the La Plata County Fairgrounds on Tuesday,...

DATE: Oct. 27, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dispute over pot plant erupts at a Cortez church

No charges were filed after an armed sheriff’s employee got into a dispute at a Cortez church over a missing marijuana plant. In a three-page report, Cortez Police Department Officer Mark Adkins...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Code enforcement keeps it tidy

Though operated by one of the smallest staffs within local governmental departments, code enforcement for both Durango and La Plata County is one of the busiest, most varied and difficult jobs to...

DATE: Oct. 6, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Business District takes new approach with panhandlers

Downtown businesses have asked nicely. They’ve moved or removed benches. They’ve called the police. And now they’re trying something new – a campaign asking people to donate to local nonprofits...

DATE: Sept. 16, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

A fight to allow sleeping outside

We all need sleep, which is a fact of life but also a legally important point. Last week, the Department of Justice argued as much in a statement of interest it filed in a relatively obscure case...

DATE: Aug. 13, 2015 | CATEGORY: Nation & World

Solution to homelessness? Give them a place to live

In response to public outcry about panhandling, the city of Durango’s coalition on homelessness convened for the first time in June. By its members’ own admissions, at this point, the coalition –...

DATE: July 20, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

How many homeless teenagers are in Durango?

The number of homeless youth in La Plata County is hard to measure, but people who work in youth services say there is no doubt it is a significant problem. The number is difficult to measure...

DATE: July 20, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

No roof, no protection, no justice

Nearly every year, homeless people die in Durango because they are homeless. At Manna Soup Kitchen, during winter, there is a lot of fearful talk about freezing to death; in summer, the danger...

DATE: July 20, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Homelessness: When camping is the only option

Around Durango, public agencies are cracking down on homeless camps to prevent wildfires, wildlife attacks and trash buildup. But if the homeless can’t sleep outside, where can they go? Ronnie...

DATE: July 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

No place to call home

Despite public perception, the homeless aren’t a faceless group of shiftless, substance-abusing ne’er-do-wells. They are men, women and children just like the rest of us except for one thing – one...

DATE: July 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Misconceptions abound about the homeless

More than anything else, those spoken with said the general public labors under a number of misconceptions about homelessness. Here are three of the most significant mentioned: Misconception No. 1:...

DATE: July 18, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Searching for solutions

Local law enforcement has long been working with homeless residents, but as the problem has become more visible, local agencies are looking to partner with the community to work on solutions. While...

DATE: July 2, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News