Thank you, BIG AGNES!
Big Agnes! We appreciate the generous donation od several sleeping bags and mats!
Shelters are already full to capacity! Winter in Durango has approximately 40 persons in makeshift tents who camp the arroyos and the woods. For those individuals who call Durango 'home' there is a high risk of hyperthermia and fatality.
One life lost is enough--two lives is unconscionable! We don't want another person to die for lack of warmth and the dampness of clothing through inadequate sleeping bags and tents.
Your generous Tax Deductible Gift of $10 or more will assist in the purchase of winter camping gear. We need approximately ten (10) each of camping sleeping bags, tents and tarps rated at 10 to SubZero DegreesF!
Low-income people face significant barriers when accessing FEMA’s transitional shelter assistance...
According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), after a disaster low income people face significant barriers “when accessing FEMA’s transitional shelter assistance.” Disaster Housing Assistance Program (DHAP) helps the most vulnerable individuals and families after a disaster.
...“DHAP is designed to help those low income households that face significant barriers accessing FEMA’s tran-sitional shelter assistance. Hotels participating in FEMA’s transitional shelter often charge daily “resort” fees, require security deposits, and require that displaced households have credit cards – all of which are barriers for low income households that have already depleted any savings that they may have had and that are often unbanked or under-banked. Some hotels have turned away displaced families with hotel vouchers. Without DHAP, displaced, low income families often have little choice but to move into uninhabitable or overcrowded homes, stay at shelters, or sleep in their cars or on the streets. There are numerous accounts of individuals that were unable to access FEMA’s transitional housing assistance that later needed emergency hospital care after returning to mold-infested homes. Families have set up “tent cities” because they had no place to go.” — NLIHC
Tiny homes have been used for many years in camps for the homeless in parts of the U.S. — however, in an emergency, Tiny Homes cannot be set up as rapidly as needed.
The HHI House for the Homeless has many advantages for transitional & emergency shelters.
Community Compassion Outreach Program (CCOP) and Humanitarian House International, in collaboration with Fort Lewis College Engineering Department is seeking a viable solution. Read more.
Contact us for details of Fort Lewis College Engineering Design & Practice (Engr 315) Spring 2018.
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We are located at 255 E. 11th St., Durango, CO 81301. At this time, our office hours are limited due to short staffing and the COVID pandemic. Volunteer professionals are available by appointment only.