Homelessness Strategic Planning
Upcoming Public Meeting
The Durango City Council will hold a Public Hearing to receive public testimony and consider adoption of the City of Durango and La Plata County Strategic Plan on Homelessness on February 18, 2020 at 6:30pm at Durango City Hall. For anyone interested in providing written comments to the City regarding the Plan, please email: CityManager@DurangoGov.org
Jan/Feb 2020 Update
La Plata County and the City of Durango, working with interested community members and a consulting team lead by the Athena Group has completed development of a strategic plan to identify short-, mid-, and long-term strategies to reduce homelessness in La Plata County, with a focus on areas within and around the City of Durango. Athena Group brought expertise in affordable housing and homelessness, facilitation of community conversations, and strategic illustration to guide the process. The final Plan is the culmination of months of listening, convening, and developing strategies with local community members to address this growing issue in the community.
On January 21, 2020 the La Plata County Board of County Commissioners and Durango City Council held a joint study session to review the Plan.
General questions may be directed to:
Kevin Hall, Assistant City Manager
City of Durango
The PATH met one more time on November 20, 2019, to discuss results of the Community Strategy Workshop held in October and the joint City-County meeting on November 18. PATH members shared feedback on various aspects of the proposed plan, which the consultant team folded into the full written plan.
Information presented in the meeting is available in the following links:
- Strategic Plan Outline (PDF)
- Plan Principles and Guidelines (PDF)
- Tier 1 Strategies (PDF)
- Tier 2 Strategies (PDF)
The PATH Group continues its community outreach and dialogue with City and County officials in anticipation of a December release of a draft strategic plan. The following presentations are summary of information gathered at the October 29, 2019 Community Workshop and presented at a November 18, 2019 work session with the Board of County Commissioners and City Council:
- City Council Joint Session on the Strategic Plan on Homelessness In-progress Review - November 18, 2019 (PDF)
- Homelessness Strategy Meeting Summary - October 29, 2019 (PDF)
The PATH met in September 23, 2019, to review results of the August listening sessions, discuss areas of potential action based on common ground identified in those sessions, and consider best practices to guide specific strategic action. Information considered in that meeting is available in the following links:
Last month, PATH members joined the Athena team in hosting listening sessions with people directly affected by homelessness about their thoughts on possibilities for common ground within several themes that appear to be highly important to people in the community. An open house was also held to explore the results of those conversations and to gather more insights into potential for common ground on which to build the strategic plan. Thanks to the Colorado Health Foundation for their support, which made these events possible!
Read the report on what happened in those events, who participated and the potential common ground that was identified. The PATH will be meeting on September 23 to discuss this and other important information and to identify a set of goals and strategies for further exploration with the broader community in an open workshop on October 29.
The PATH met for the second time on July 18, 2019, taking a deep dive into:
- What we know about homelessness in the greater Durango area and beyond and
- What people in our community care about, based on comments gathered through individual interviews and surveys that tested early thinking on potential goals for the strategic plan and ways of looking at success in this planning process.
This exploration affirmed the significant divide in this community about what to do about homelessness and identified a set of themes to explore further with more community members.
On August 20, PATH members will host listening sessions to explore these themes and ask people directly affected what possibilities for common ground they see, and they will host an open house for the whole community on August 21 to engage even more people in this conversation.
Homelessness Strategic Planning in the News
Will Joint Effort on Homeless Work Now? Durango TV, 8/1/19