No plans for new homeless camp in Durango | KOB 4

No plans for new homeless camp in Durango

Meg Hilling
August 21, 2018 06:45 PM

DURANGO, Colo. – The City of Durango is letting go of all plans for a permanent, city run, homeless camp.


This decision comes just days before the closure of a temporary camp near the Greenmount Cemetery.

“It's not feasible for the city to look at a sleeping shelter financially or otherwise,” Mayor of Durango, Sweetie Marbury said.

For years, the city has debated and reviewed plans for opening a permanent camp area or sleeping shelter, often meeting roadblocks along the way.

“Well the Lightner Creek sleeping shelter that was proposed back in April, has been fraught with some problems," Marbury said.

But the door for a permanent solution isn’t completely closed yet.

"If we need to get together and reconsider options at a later date, I think the city has suggested that it would be willing to do that," Mayor Pro Tem of Durango, Melissa Youssef said.

For now, city officials are encouraging homeless residents to seek assistance via nonprofits.


Meg Hilling

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