The Durango Herald (2/19/19) indicates that the homeless who sleep on City Property must have permission from the City Manager. During the camp ban moratorium, you must go to City Hall for permission to camp on property owned by the City.
What if you get no permission? Please email me at ExecDirector@CCOHome.org. I will share your information with the attorneys who have been following the actions of the City. There is a long wait list for housing, but it helps your legal position when you attempt to get transitional housing or shelter to argue you must live in your tent or other uninhabitable spaces.
HOUSING & SERVICES: DISABLED INDIVIDUALS — 970-259-1672Southwest Center for Independence FOR SERVICES OR HOUSING VOUCHERS HOUSING SOLUTIONS — 970-259-1086 (Get name of person you spoke with and their title) VOA - Durango Community Shelter - 970-259-1255 — Veterans and most vulnerable are priority
HUD Continuum of Care Point-in-Time Homeless Population Housing Solutions for the Southwest, April 2018
Download Martin v. Boise Infographic courtesy of HousingNotHandcuffs, NLCHP.
According to the HUD Point-In-Time Count on January 25, 2017, in Colorado Balance of State, La Plata County, there were 91 persons or 66 households counted as being homeless. Those numbers are considered “ridiculously low” — due to people sleeping where they are difficult to find (in cars, in hard to reach places, couch surfing, are institutionalized in hospital, or staying in a hotel for a night.
67 / 91 over age 24 73.6%
19 / 91 under age 18 20.9%
2 / 91 ages 18-24 5.0%
53 males (58.2%)
38 females (41.8%)
We list the following three situations/health conditions of the population: VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDERS
CHRONIC PHYSICAL ILLNESS
NOTE: Prior to Fall 2018, 70 persons were sheltered (very low county). Law Enforcement Report dated April 2018:
38 homeless campsites / >50 individuals
20 scattered campsites
Wait List for housing as of April 26, 2018 (applicants completed VI-Assessment):
Sixty-nine (69) registered as homeless needing housing.
Ten (10) were placed in nearby communities across three counties.
The balance of fifty-nine (59) remain on the wait list.
We are grateful to Housing Solutions for the Southwest for providing the above data. This information is useful for CCO's goals in providing small Essential Houses to fill the gap of transitional and permanent housing for people paying more than 30% of income on rent and earning less than 80% of area median income. Colorado's statewide homelessness is 10,940 (19.7 persons per 10,000 are homeless in the state).