FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 3, 2019
Vice President of Communications and Public Policy
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
Community Members Come Together to Discuss Affordable Housing in Durango
Durango, CO –On May 29, 2019, eighty-five community members attended a public forum at the Durango Public Library to discuss affordable housing and the future of their community. Lead by the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless and its partners, Colorado Fiscal Institute and Colorado Center on Law and Policy, the group discussed how the community could benefit from the new housing funds approved by the Colorado General Assembly this year, housing affordability especially in the renters’ market, and increased homelessness with a focus on how to create more alternative safe spaces for people who are forced to sleep outside in oftentimes harsh elements.
Our Colorado lifestyle is built on the foundation of home, but across the state it is getting harder to find an affordable home for all types of Coloradans—renters, owners, families, and those with unique needs. Home is a place of stability, love, refuge, family, and community. It is also deeply connected to health, making it nearly impossible to maintain good health without safe, stable, and sanitary housing.
“It is nearly impossible to maintain good health without adequate housing in Colorado from cities to rural mountain towns like Durango. Conversely, a health crisis can force a family to choose between housing and paying for treatment, and in the worse cases, that can lead to homelessness,” said Cathy Alderman, Vice President of Communications and Public Policy from the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless.
Attendees discussed the unique housing challenges of rural mountain communities such as vacant vacation homes throughout most of the year, breaking down stigma that can come with the “Not in My Backyard” mindset, and lower income earners struggling to live where they work. The group pledged to stay involved and perhaps reconvene in a few months to start talking about strategic planning and investment in housing and shelter options.
About Colorado Coalition for the Homeless
The mission of the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless is to work collaboratively toward the prevention of homelessness and the creation of lasting solutions for people experiencing and at-risk of homelessness throughout Colorado. The Coalition advocates for and provides a continuum of housing and a variety of services to improve the health, well-being and stability of those it serves. Since its founding in 1984, the organization has earned state and national recognition for its integrated healthcare, housing and service programs. The Coalition’s comprehensive approach addresses the causes of homelessness, as well as the consequences, offering critical assistance to over 20,000 individuals and families each year. Learn more at www.coloradocoalition.org.