As we work towards our ultimate goal of permanent shelter, N.I.N.A. has identified a number of short term needs that we are looking to provide in support of the unhoused community in Durango. Included is an effort to make available camping gear such as tents, sleeping bags, tarps, and rope to assist with basic needs of individual warmth, assistance with the process of acquiring a legal form of identification, and establishing a companionship program to create opportunities for N.I.N.A. members to consistently be available to assist as requested in any way that we can.
Emergency Support & Services
Purple Cliffs is currently Durango's unhoused camp. Some of us live there, and some of us partner to help with practical needs as they arise.
N.I.N.A's ongoing organizational development is in support of our ultimate goal of establishing a long term shelter solution for Durango's unhoused residents. Our organization is growing and as a result we are consistently evolving our structure to provide resources and tools to reach our goals.
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Using the information that NINA received after interviewing a significant number of our unhoused neighbors last spring, it became clear that lockers would be a great help with those working. Without a safe place to keep their belongings, it is very difficult to maintain a steady job.
Using a model from Lisbon, Portugal, we decided to implement a pilot project of 6 lockers. The lockers were installed at Durango's Transit Center, providing our clients 24-hour access to their lockers. There is 24-hour security and lighting. In addition, we have signed contracts between each client and his or her locker-companion, through NINA, regarding the locker up-keep. The locker-companions are also there to help the client access support services to help improve their quality of life.